The Milwaukee Bucks went 56-17 during the 2019-2020 regular season, and it doesn’t feel like it matters. After losing to the Heat in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Giannis Antetokounmpo questions are going to intensify. How does Milwaukee improve the roster so that Giannis stays? Is Chris Paul the answer?
Brian Windhorst on ESPN’s ‘Get Up’ said that the Bucks might be players for CP3:
“Chris Paul to Milwaukee is going to become a conversation.”
Whether you agree with him or not, Windhorst brings up valid points. Giannis has to keep the pressure on this organization. He cannot just sign the extension and bring back this same group. If it weren’t good enough this year to beat Miami, it wouldn’t be good enough next year.
My only question is, are we sure CP3 is the piece that puts them over the top? Sure, Eric Bledsoe is unreliable. It would be nice to have Malcolm Brogden right now too. While CP3 played out of his mind this year, we’re still talking about a point guard that will turn 36 next year. How many elite years does he have left?
I went to the trade machine, and this is the type of trade you’re looking at, one where OKC wouldn’t just take this trade outright either. Milwaukee would have to throw in extra picks for a rich contract too. CP3 projects to earn over $40 million next year, meaning Milwaukee will go deep into the tax if they acquire him.
I don’t know what the answer is, but I don’t think it’s Chris Paul—giving up assets for an expensive CP3 that could fall off the cliff at any moment is far from ideal for the Bucks.