5 Offseason moves Bucks must be prepared to make to keep Giannis happy

The Bucks have work to do to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo happy.
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1. Trade Damian Lillard

The Bucks traded Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, one first-round draft pick, and two first-round swaps to land Dame. Could they pull off a similar move less than one year after acquiring him? Milwaukee only has one first-round pick to trade. They could try to sweeten the deal with Bobby Portis, but finding the right trade partner won’t be easy.

Lillard’s production was on par with his 2022 numbers when he was plagued by an abdominal injury. This year, he played 73 games, but shot just 42.4 percent from the field and 35.4 percent on his threes. Dame still averaged 24.3 points, 7.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in 35.3 minutes per game, but he was not a top-15 player like fans have seen from Lillard in the past.

This would be a panic move by Milwaukee that likely makes them worse and not better. Lillard threw cold water on the idea he is unhappy with the Bucks. Milwaukee should hold on to the eight-time All-Star and hope he returns to peak form in the 2024-25 campaign.

Do not be surprised to see Giannis Antetokounmpo put some pressure on the Milwaukee Bucks this summer. He wants to win another championship, and it is on the front office to improve their roster. Stay tuned for what could be a wild offseason for the franchise.