Did Giannis Antetokounmpo just let his interest slip? Perhaps it was just an accident, or perhaps it was a Freudian slip, but either way, in a recent interview, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo let it be known he’d be open to playing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the future.
In a video shared on Twitter courtesy of USA Today Sports, Antetokounmpo was asked about whether or not he would like to play alongside both of his brothers. Thanasis, his older brother, currently plays with Giannis in Milwaukee, but their younger brother, Kostas, is a member of the Lakers.
“You have one brother with you in Milwaukee, another one in L.A., he was asked. “Have you ever thought about what it’d be like having everyone together?” The “Greek Freak’s” response was quite revealing.
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“I think that would be amazing,” Giannis said of playing on the same team as his brothers. “Obviously, we’d spend more time together, and I’m 100 percent sure my mom would love that,” he said jokingly, before adding: “But if we could, like, team up on a team, Milwaukee, LA, whatever, that would be awesome.”
The Bucks superstar’s inclusion of Los Angeles is telling. Antetokounmpo said last fall that if the Bucks did not perform at a very high level this season, his decision to stay or leave would be “a lot more difficult,” and if the culture in Milwaukee sours in any way, he would absolutely consider leaving. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021, and when that time comes, he will be the most coveted player available.
“I want the Bucks to build a winning culture,” Antetokounmpo said last fall, per USA Today. “So far, we have been doing great, and, if this lasts, there’s no other place I want to be. But if we’re underperforming in the NBA next year, deciding whether to sign becomes a lot more difficult.”
The Bucks currently have the best record in the NBA, and the Lakers are right behind them. Much could depend on how well Milwaukee performs when the postseason rolls around. Last season, the Bucks fell to Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Antetokounmpo and company will be thinking championship or bust this year.
If the Lakers manage to win it all, though, they could become an even more attractive destination for Antetokounmpo.