RUMOR: Giannis Antetokounmpo was recruiting Bogdan Bogdanovic to Bucks
While the Milwaukee Bucks were making a huge effort to secure Bogdan Bogdanovic, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was also playing his part as lead recruiter to bring the 6-foot-6 talent to Milwaukee as well.
According to Sam Amick and Eric Nehm of The Athletic, Antetokounmpo continued to pursue Bogdanovic and sell him on the idea of playing in Milwaukee prior to the league opening an investigation into the trade.
From there, don’t be surprised if Bogdanovic draws interest from many of the same teams who would love nothing more than for all of this chaos to convince two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to eventually head their way (Miami, Dallas, the Clippers, the Knicks). Why? Because it’s widely known that Antetokounmpo — who will be offered a supermax extension by the Bucks on Friday and has until Dec. 21 to sign it — has been recruiting Bogdanovic to come to Milwaukee. That reality, of course, means he has an added bit of value beyond his basketball talents.
At the moment, the Bucks are in the driver seat of a car with no steering wheel. Not being able to land a player that evidently interested Antetokounmpo certainly doesn’t sit well with him or his desire to remain long term in Milwaukee. The franchise hasn’t been known to land big-name free agents, with most of their stars coming via trades or drafts.
Antetokounmpo likely realizes that now, and it could deeply affect his decision going into Friday if he decides to pick up the supermax extension the Bucks will offer him.