One of the hottest names on the NBA trade market this offseason reportedly isn't up for grabs after all. While the Milwaukee Bucks are eligible to offer Giannis Antetokounmpo the chance to sign a five-year max extension this offseason, the two-time MVP and defending Defensive Player of the Year may not take them up on it, preferring instead to focus on winning the ultimate prize—an NBA title.
If the Nets were to make a move for a third star, they’d almost certainly have to include either Caris LeVert or Spencer Dinwiddie in the deal, if not both of them. Though, Kevin Durant has expressed that LeVert is a good third option for the Nets, and Brooklyn’s superstar forward also feels the era of the Big 3 has come to an end. Still, Brooklyn was the first team ESPN Tim Bontemps mentioned while discussing a possible landing spot for Victor Oladipo — should the Indiana Pacers want to move the guard.
The NBA’s Eastern Conference is more open than ever, coming off a season in which an upstart fifth seed made it to the finals. At least one team is virtually guaranteed to vault into the top tier from mediocrity: the Brooklyn Nets, given that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are expected to return from injury for the 2020-21 season. But otherwise, it should be a slugfest from start to finish.