Heat, Raptors frontrunners in Giannis Antetokounmpo sweepstakes
The keys to a potential Giannis Antetokounmpo departure have slowly started to line up in the NBA bubble. The Milwaukee Bucks’ slow restart during the seeding games, an opening loss to the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic, and now being down 2-0 to the Miami Heat has the aforementioned along with the Toronto Raptors as the frontrunners for his services.
According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, many believe the Heat’s and Raptors’ interest in Giannis Antetokounmpo “it’s an open secret” in the NBA bubble.
Noise about a potential move to the Golden State Warriors will take a back seat to more realistic approaches, as the Heat and Raptors are two Eastern Conference forces with enough cap space and front office maneuverability to pull off the move.
Ironically, it could be the last two culprits of Antetokounmpo’s playoff shortcomings that are vying for help. Back in 2019, the Bucks took a 2-0 lead on the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, only to get rolled out of the playoffs by losing the next four games.
An exit at the hands of the Heat before reaching the Eastern Conference Finals could be enough to dart the doubt into Antetokounmpo, who could look for answers somewhere else after recent shortcomings.
The Greek Freak could prove he’s the best player of this decade in a few weeks if he becomes a back-to-back Most Valuable Player, and instantly become the hottest commodity on the market if he decides he’s had enough of the Bucks.
The Bucks simply look unprepared and predictable against a fast-flashing Heat style of defense that collapses defenders on drivers and closes out on shooters with lengthy arms on the perimeter. Should Giannis Antetokounmpo prove unable to bounce back in this series, expect the Heat and the Raptors to closely monitor his offseason and be on the prowl for any unhappiness in Milwaukee.