Updated: Sep 11, 2020
Much speculation has been made about the potential departure of Milwaukee Bucks superstar in 2021 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. However that speculation intensified with the top seeded Bucks facing elimination once again, before reaching the NBA Finals. The possibility of Giannis forcing his way out a year early became much more real, but yesterday, Giannis put and end to any doubt that he would demand a trade this offseason.
Shortly after the Milwaukee Bucks were eliminated from the 2020 NBA Playoffs, Giannis put a rest to any doubt about possibly demanding a trade this offseason. "It's not happening. That's not happening," he told Yahoo sports. "Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season."
This puts an end to any doubt that Giannis would be demanding a trade, however the possibility of him leaving in free agency in 2021, is still very real. If another team pays the right price, the Bucks could still decide to trade him if they have doubt about re-signing him.
The Bucks front office has shown a willingness to do whatever they can to improve the roster and surround Giannis with talent. Recent reports have said they will explore all avenues to find ways to upgrade the roster. Marc Stein reported Tuesday night that Oklahoma City star Chris Paul could be a potential target. With Billy Donovan not being re-signed, it looks like OKC may be headed towards a full rebuild, which could lead to Paul's departure.
Giannis stated yesterday to Yahoo Sports, "If winning a championship was easy, everyone would have one. We lost. Everyone saw that we lost. It's disappointing, but what are we going to do? We're going to keep working. I've got confidence in my teammates."
So all signs seem to point to the eventual 2-time MVP staying for at least one more season, and giving the Bucks one last chance to put a championship run together.