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NBA rumors: Warriors looming threat for Giannis Antetokounmpo in free agency
The retired Shaun Livingston was the last Warrior to wear No. 34. Will the next one be NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo? 

While it sounds wild and surely would set NBA Twitter ablaze once again, crazier things have happened. The Warriors always will be a threat to sign a star, and the Greek Freak is no exception. 

“I mean, thats tough,” Curry told ESPNs Rachel Nichols about Durants comments. “Theres so many narratives that go on, especially when youre at the top of the league. No matter how, you know, the full transition happens to Brooklyn, him separating himself from the Warriors — thats gonna happen. I think he knows, you know, what we were about as teammates, what we were about as friends on and off the court. And again, nobody is gonna take away the accomplishments we had. But at the end of the day, whatever he, you know, needed to do to make that decision and however he wants to explain that — thats just whats gonna happen.”

“The one team lurking out there — I dont know how this would happen — but the Warriors have always been the big threat to go after Giannis,” ESPNs Ramona Shelbourne said Monday on “The Jump.” 

“At the end of the day, we live in an age where choice at the forefront, and K, you know, made a decision for himself and you cant argue that,” Curry said. “I wish we could still play with K. Hes an unbelievable talent, unbelievable person. We accomplished a lot together. But — you know, things have changed a little bit. So you obviously wish him the best, obviously with his recovery first and foremost and things on and off the court. But were gonna have to battle down the road. So this should be a fun, new experience on that front, too.”

“The Warriors have always been the big threat to go after Giannis.”@ramonashelburne on the possibility of the #Warriors landing the Greek Freak in 2021 pic.twitter.com/T3tt4XR9hH

The Bucks superstar shares the same agency as Warriors star Steph Curry and has the same agent as Stephs brother Seth. He is friends with the Curry family, and the New York Times Marc Stein reported in February that the Warriors have “internally mused about a run at Giannis.”

The Warriors won two NBA titles and were injuries to Durant and Klay Thompson away from threepeating. The Dubs went 16-1in the 2017 NBA playoffs and there was no ceiling to what they could accomplish with a core of Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green.

“It would be a difficult construction to make happen, but that is the one looming threat,” Shelbourne said. “It comes down to what kind of guy is Giannis. What does he want his legacy to be? Is he the kind of guy who stays with one team his entire career and tries to bring a championship to Milwaukee or does he pull a Kevin Durant and go join a group of super friends?”

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Antetokounmpo becomes a free agent after the 2020-21 season. Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all will be on the books at that time with contracts that total at least $100 million.

Share All sharing options Share All sharing options for: Steph Curry Is Already Laying the Groundwork for the Year of Steph Flipboard Email AP Images/Ringer illustration Two weeks remain until NBA players report for training camp, but Stephen Curry is getting a head start on setting his narrative for the 2019-20 season. On Wednesday, the Warriors guard told ESPNs Rachel Nichols hes committed to playing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, becoming the second Warriors superstar to indicate hell play for Team USA in as many days following the squads disastrous seventh-place finish in the FIBA World Cup this summer. That is the plan, Curry said.

The 24-year-old Antetokounmpo took home the leagues highest honor last season when he posted 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He already is a three-time All-NBA selection, three-time All-Star and twice has been voted to the All-Defensive team.

The Warriors enter this season with more uncertainty than theyve had in years. Draymond Green will turn 30 this season, and struggled at times with injury and fatigue last regular season. Kevin Durant—arguably the best player alive at times last season—departed for Brooklyn, where hell begin rehabilitating a ruptured Achilles tendon. Klay Thompson, Stephs brother in splash, signed a five-year maximum extension with Golden State this offseason, but will miss at least the first half of the season recovering from surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee, which he tore in Game 6 of the Finals.

NBA Insiders Think Warriors Could Pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo During 2021 Free Agency

With a brand new arena and a hunger for more championships, the Warriors front office will do anything they can to bring Giannis to the Bay Area. The summer of 2021 could be a big one in San Francisco.

In Thompsons stead is one of last years breakout players, All-Star guard DAngelo Russell, making his full-time return to California after washing out with the Lakers following the 2016-17 season. The former no. 2 pick proved last season that he can contribute offensively, scoring 21.1 points a game, shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc, and adding seven assists. How hell feature defensively, and integrate into Golden States vaunted offensive system, however, is still an open question.

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Curry isnt just announcing his intention, injuries permitting, to play in next summers Olympics, though. By taking the lead on rebooting Team USA, hes climbing atop Narrative Mountain, and announcing loud and clear to the farthest stretches of the NBA: This is going to be the Year of Steph.

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Now the question is whether Lillard, and other players who dropped out of the World Cup before and during training camp, will receive invitations to the Olympic roster.

Steph Curry Reveals Plans To Play In 2020 Olympics

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The 29-year-old Oakland native was on the United States preliminary roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, but he withdrew from consideration in July.

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard said he wants to play for Team USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.


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