Central Notes: Giannis, Cavaliers, Casey, Mincberg

The changing landscape of the NBA, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has made Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s future decisions regarding free agency a little more complicated, as ESPN’s Bobby Marks breaks down in great detail. The super-max contract the Bucks will offer this offseason, now scheduled for October, will drop in value due to shrinking revenue that will reduce the projected salary cap for the 2021/22 season.

The original projection was a $125MM salary cap for that season, the first year of Antetokounmpo’s super max extension should he choose to sign it. Antekounmpo’s super max would likely turn Milwaukee into a taxpayer team. However, the NBA revenue drop could aid the Bucks’ cause, since Giannis’ potential suitors would see their salary cap space shrink.

We have more from the Central Division:

  • There have been discussions about bringing together the other eight teams not invited to Orlando for exhibition games. That would be a positive for the Cavaliers’ youthful roster, coach J.B. Bickerstaff told The Athletic’s Kelsey Russo. “Obviously this offseason is a big offseason for us, and there’s some critical decisions that have to be made, but we need to keep taking steps forward,” Bickerstaff said. “We need to see development in our young guys.”
  • Pistons coach Dwane Casey expressed similar sentiments regarding his rebuilding club, according to Pistons.com’s Keith Langlois, though he may prefer to hold a team mini-camp rather than traveling to another city. There’s only so much a player can benefit from one-on-one drills, so Casey would like to get his players in scrimmages and other team activities, particularly last year’s top pick, Sekou Doumbouya. “He needs an entire summer to get work,” Casey said. “He’s getting the one-on-one stuff, but he needs to go out and get the competition that young players need.”
  • The Pistons have hired David Mincberg, the Bucks’ former director of basketball strategy, and his role as an assistant GM could be broad, as Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press explains. Mincberg’s responsibilities could have a jack-of-all-trades feel to it, since he brings experience in scouting, analytics, salary-cap management and legal counsel.
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20 thoughts on “Central Notes: Giannis, Cavaliers, Casey, Mincberg

  1. Sillivan

    Only two teams have assets to trade for Giannis.
    -Warriors and Heat

    Raptors would keep Siakam
    Celtics would keep Tatum
    Lakers would keep Davis

    There is no equal value trade for above 3 teams.

    • bdpecore

      I’m curious what assets you believe Golden State has which would be enough to net them Giannis. FYI adding Wiggins is going to decrease the value of any package Kerr offers.

      I could see the Heat trading for him but it would cost Bam, Butler (for salary purposes) and likely Herro. This doesn’t leave much of a core roster to build around Giannis.

      • x%sure

        Giannis should stay, and just as important, give the impression of staying so that he doesn’t get traded to a team that would deplete themselves trading for him.

      • Sillivan

        Warriors assets
        3 years 10 picks,give up picks Iike candy
        17 million TE for Gallo

        trade idea for Giannis
        Thompson,Warriors Picks Wolves Pick

      • Strike Four

        Klay, GSW #1 pick and someone from Heat to Bucks
        Draymond to Heat
        Giannis to GSW

        Oubre Jr.
        Curry = next dynasty or close to it

        • All American Johnsonville Dogs

          LOL nobody is gifting the warriors Giannis. Keep dreaming.

          Warriors don’t have the assets. The #1 pick isn’t worth a lot this year. Thompson, coming off knee surgery and recently signed an extension himself, doesn’t have as much value as he once had.

          Warriors want Giannis it’ll take at least 3-5 1sts, including this year’s #1, Paschal, and Wiggins.

          • All American Johnsonville Dogs

            Warriors would have to trade away a half decade of assets to acquire Giannis. They don’t have immediate assets that would be worth it to the bucks to trade him.

  2. TheGoldenStateWarrior30

    Giannis has built that friendship with Warrior players, they have trade assets for the Bucks, and it’s boring as hell in Milwaukee so I’m sure he wants out eventually

    • Brewcats

      Spoken like someone who’s never been outside of Modesto.
      Giannis will be staying in Milwaukee a long, LONG time.

      • Strike Four

        Modesto is 2 hours from where GSW plays.

        Many people think the midwest is a snooze, it’s not that uncommon a take. From a weather perspective, Milwaukee definitely isn’t as nice a place to live than the the Bay Area, who has 100x better weather (no snow, no humidity). These are actual facts so please do not argue.

        To speak in such certainties like “Giannis will be staying in Milwaukee a long, LONG time.” where there is no contract in place is mere wishful thinking on your part.

        • x%sure

          Giannis is not a soft American; but if warm weather is what matters, hello Miami. The point to the big coastal cities is the money to be made from sponsorships.

          If you have 2 GSW starters being traded, then the attraction there is compromised. Lopez, Middleton & Bledsoe is as least as good as Curry, Wiggins, Paschall & Oubre. The Bucks also have several young players better than Paschall or Oubre, just not as big, fine when Lopez & Giannis is there.

      • TheGoldenStateWarrior30

        You must be from Modesto to even have that city in your head little guy. I’m from the city of Oakland, don’t confuse me again.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Bucks have a good shot this yr and next. Giannis seems like a good guy. I think he will enjoy his FA. It’s nice to be wanted. It’s good for NBA. I agree he is only going to team that is contending. This Bucks team is not really built long term. So these two yrs are very important imo. Who wouldn’t want Giannis right. If they win one. It makes it easier to leave. And I don’t he walks. He probably does a sign n trade. So he doesn’t hurt franchise. Like posters said. He’s not going to team that gives up everything to get him. You still have to have a descent team right. He’s definitely going to be courted. That you can bet on.

  4. Noel1982

    Gonna be crazy when Giannis signs with all of the bucks raptors heat and warriors ! Those four teams fans seem certain he will sign with them or he’s crazy

  5. Sillivan

    Best trade idea would be

    Bucks get Warriors 3 years 10 picks and Wiggins
    Warriors get Giannis

    Lakers Clippers Rockets have traded almost all picks next 6 years

    With 4 all stars and 17 million TE, Warriors can sweep any team next 5 years 2021 to 2025

  6. Sillivan

    Bucks can be good next 15 years with additional 10 picks
    Warriors starters

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