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Toronto the front-runner for Giannis Antetokounmpo if he leaves Milwaukee, per NBA exec


There’s little doubt that Milwaukee Bucks reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will continue to dominate the league for years to come. This being the case, his impending free agency has gotten a ton of attention from every other NBA team, including the Toronto Raptors, even if the fact of the matter is that the likely scenario is he re-signs with the Bucks.

An anonymous league executive appears to agree with this notion, but also notes that if Giannis actually decides to part ways with Milwaukee, then the Raptors would be a prime landing spot for the four-time All-Star.

“I don’t think he leaves the Bucks,” the unnamed source said, via Sean Deveney of Heavy.com. “But if he does, Toronto has to be the front-runner. Staying in Milwaukee, that’s No. 1. But if he can stand the cold, Toronto is the perfect situation for him, the next best thing.”

Big market teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors have been linked to Giannis of late, but according to this particular exec, he believes that Antetokounmpo and the Raptors would be a match made in heaven.

It is worth noting that the reports also states that Masai Ujiri, Toronto’s current general manager, might also play a huge role in this potential blockbuster move.

It helps that Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri has a long-standing connection with Antetokounmpo and his family, reportedly having helped them immigrate to Greece from Nigeria.

Looking at the numbers, the Raptors have a lot of financial flexibility heading into 2021 free agency — the year that Giannis could potentially become available. Toronto might not be the most popular choice, but based on this narrative, the defending champs could actually emerge as a serious contender to Antetokounmpo’s highly-coveted signature.