The Golden State Warriors have five players who were named All-Stars last season. With a lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins, can they get any better? Is that even possible from the biggest juggernaut in the NBA?
Durant heads into free agency this summer as a 30-year-old superstar who may be looking to lead his own team. New York is rumored to be a destination for Durant, but Golden State’s main priority will be re-signing Durant who won two championships with the team in 2017 and 2018. But, if they cannot bring back Durant, they have someone else in mind.
The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson wrote recently that Golden State could go after Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo when he becomes available for free agency in the summer of 2021. An idea from Thompson was followed up on Tuesday, Feb. 19 by some important rumoring by Marc Stein of the New York Times in his weekly newsletter:
Yet it’s likewise undeniably true that Steph and Giannis are buddies who are both represented by the same agency (Octagon) and share a mutual admiration that has resulted in Curry and Antetokounmpo selecting each other first overall with the No. 1 overall picks as captains in the first two All-Star drafts.
I can promise you, furthermore, that the Warriors have internally mused about a run at Giannis — however futile it may prove to be — in the event they can’t convince Kevin Durant to re-sign this summer. Trying to sign the most attractive free agent available is on the first page of the Golden State owner Joe Lacob’s playbook.
You thought it about. You know you did. If you’re a Warriors fan and watched the All-Star Game, you couldn’t help but imagine it.
Giannis to Warriors in 2021?
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 19, 2019
Antetkounmpo is likely safe and isn’t heading anywhere, but all Warriors fans must hope to land the biggest stars, right?
Durant joined a 73-9 team, didn’t he? Anything is possible. It’s probably unlikely, though, as Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks lead the Eastern Conference with a 43-14 record.