Last season saw the Chicago Bulls complete their best regular season record since 2015-16. Billy Donovan’s side eased to second place in the Eastern Conference before losing out to Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs.
Now, according to some sources, the United Center is said to be interested in luring their star player Giannis Antetokounmpo away from the Bucks.
The move to bring in the two-time NBA MVP is said to have started with the Bulls taking an interest in the 27-year-old’s younger brother Kostas who is set to be a free agent after his spell at French side ASVEL.
The form shown last season will have many Chicago fans hoping that they can build on the promise shown by the Bulls’ young team, and any interest from sports betting enthusiasts in backing them to go longer in the playoffs will be assisted by seeing which sportsbooks have the best bonuses and reviews here, and right now odds on Donovan’s team to secure a first NBA title since 1997-98, during Michael Jordan’s epic era, are now firmly around the (+4750) mark.
Chicago’s interest in Antetokounmpo comes after the Greek star made it clear he’d be interested in a move to join the franchise, stating rather openly his interest in such a move earlier this month:
“I think anyone asked that question who plays basketball if he said no, he’d be a liar. It’s a team that won multiple championships, a team with one of the greatest players, if not the greatest player to ever play this game. It’s a no-brainer; everybody would love to play for Chicago. Down the line, you never know. You never know how life brings it. Maybe I play for Chicago,” Antetokounmpo said.
Fortunately, Giannis followed up by adding:
“But right now, I’m committed to Milwaukee.”
However, one wonders if that prevents ongoing speculation of a possible trade.
Giannis Antetokoumnpo played a key role in the Bucks winning their first NBA title in fifty years when they triumphed against the Phoenix Suns in 2021 and is contracted to Milwaukee until the end of 2024-25, with a player option for a further year.
That deal was worth a stunning $228.2 million to Giannis Antetokoumnpo, and it would take a massive trade to convince Milwaukee to even consider an offer for arguably the best talent in the league today.
ESPN analyst Jalen Rose feels that a potential move to the Bulls would act as something of graduation for Antetokounmpo, pointing out that the Bucks aren’t exactly a prime-time team:
“This would, to me, be a graduation for an all-time great player that doesn’t necessarily get celebrated and endorsed the way he should.”
Rose went on to praise the team-building that’s going on in Chicago:
“They’re [Bulls] a team in transition.”
“They’ve made some good moves. DeMar [DeRozan] was killing it this year. Hopefully, they will get healthy. I like what Billy Donovan has done with that situation.”
While a move for Giannis any time soon seems unlikely, it may well become a distinct possibility a year or two down the line, especially if Chicago continues to evolve and move in the right direction.
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