The Milwaukee Bucks Have Potentially Found Their $80 Million Man To Pair With Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Milwaukee Bucks need to win a championship with Giannis Antetokounmpo, and they need to do it fast. In two consecutive seasons, the Bucks have failed to live up to expectations in the playoffs while Antetokounmpo has been one of the most dominant players on the planet. However, with there only being one more season left on Antetokounmpo’s contract, the Bucks need to finally get over the hump and reach the NBA Finals. So, is Milwaukee going to make any moves this offseason to improve their roster? There’s a chance, as they are currently linked to a pretty big name — Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have underperformed in the playoffs
During the last two seasons, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have become one of the best teams in the NBA. In 2018-19, Antetokounmpo had an incredible season, as he averaged 27.7 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. His play helped him win the league MVP award, and it helped lead the Bucks to a 60-22 record, which was good for No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks ultimately went all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals that year, but, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the series, lost to the Toronto Raptors in six games.
During the 2019-20 season, Antetokounmpo continued to dominate, as he averaged 29.5 points per game, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists to earn his second MVP award. The Bucks were an excellent team again too. Milwaukee went 56-17 and earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference again. However, the Miami Heat upset the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, defeating them in five games.
Now, there is a ton of speculation about Antetokounmpo’s future, as he has one more year on his contract. So, will the Bucks show their desire to win by surrounding their MVP with some more talented players?
Aaron Gordon has been a talented player for the Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon is known for his high-flying dunks that have led to him competing in the Slam Dunk Contests. However, he has become a solid forward in his career, too.
Gordon went to the Orlando Magic with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and after averaging 5.2 points per game in his rookie season and 9.2 in 2015-16, Gordon took a big step production-wise in 2016-17. He averaged 12.7 points per game and 5.1 rebounds that year.
During the 2017-18 season, Gordon then had the best season of his career. He ultimately averaged 17.6 points per game and 7.9 rebounds that season. Gordon also shot 33.6% from 3-point range that year. His play ultimately led to the Magic signing him to a four-year, $80 million contract, per Spotrac.
However, the past two years, his stats were not as great. Gordon averaged 16 points per game and 7.4 rebounds in 2018-19 before averaging 14.4 points per game and 7.7 rebounds in 2019-20.
So, could Gordon be on the move soon?
The Milwaukee Bucks could team Aaron Gordon up with Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer recently reported that the Magic have had trade discussions about Gordon, according to NBA Reporter Sam Amico.
Amico then reported that a Western Conference executive told him that he heard the Milwaukee Bucks have discussed a deal for Gordon with the Magic.
Gordon could certainly be an excellent addition to the Bucks. Milwaukee had some nice scorers in Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton last season, but other than those two, they just had Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez. Bledsoe and Lopez were great in their roles for the Bucks, but they don’t have the same type of athleticism that Gordon could bring to the Bucks and to the team’s frontcourt.
There is about to be a ton of movement in the NBA over the next month. It will be interesting to see if Gordon ends up going to the Bucks to help Milwaukee win a championship.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference