During the offseason, before Giannis Antetokounmpo signed his super-max extension with the Bucks, he and Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard discussed the possibility of working out together, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports said on his Posted Up podcast (hat tip to NBC Sports).
The idea of two stars working out with one another during the offseason is hardly novel, but it would have been new for Giannis, who generally never works out with anybody who’s not on his team, per Haynes.
Sources tell Haynes that Antetokounmpo and Lillard also talked about what it would look like if they played together. While the idea of these two stars leaving for bigger markets has been a subject of speculation for years, both Lillard and Antetokounmpo have proven to be extremely loyal to their current clubs — and it doesn’t sound like this conversation was any exception.
“I believe Dame was trying to tell Giannis about what it would look like, him playing in Portland,” Haynes said, per NBC Sports. “And same vice versa, Giannis trying to tell him what it’d be like playing in Milwaukee.”
In other words, neither player expressed any interest in leaving his current team. And with Lillard locked up through at least 2024 and Antetokounmpo through 2025, it seems unlikely it will happen anytime soon.
Here are more odds and ends from around the basketball world:
- Despite a flurry of preseason extension agreements that took some top 2021 free agents off the board, there will still be plenty of talent available on the open market next summer, according to John Hollinger of The Athletic, who ranks his top 21 FAs for ’21. Kawhi Leonard, Victor Oladipo, and John Collins lead the way, while Talen Horton-Tucker sneaks onto the list at No. 21.
- Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype identifies the 10 players most likely to sign maximum-salary contracts in 2021. In addition to top free agents like Leonard, Oladipo, and Collins, Gozlan lists a handful of players who will be eligible for rookie scale extensions later in the year, including Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
- Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz of ESPN (Insider link) took a look 18 months into the future and published their first mock draft for 2022. Big man Chet Holmgren is their early projected top pick, while a pair of Duke commits – Paolo Banchero and Adrian Griffin Jr. – are in the top four.
23 thoughts on “And-Ones: Giannis, Lillard, 2021 FAs, 2022 Draft”
2021 Draft Order Projections before season starts
7 Wolves pick goes to Warriors
The season started already bro
I provide the information from draftroom
I don’t need “point”
You have the Wolves too high. They’re horrible.
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Giannis and Dame being friends makes me happy.
While it would be awesome to see them together, it would be just as well if they remained one club players.
And how many more years of not winning rings for both of them before fans start to turn on them and bombard them with derision? Three? Four? Five?
Idk ask Harden how many years of not winning it till he wants out?
Right what a crooner. You OUT yourself all the time lol. Harden has been losing since 2009-10. Lillard since 2012-13. Giannis since 2013-14. Seems like both are doing much better than the diva. Try again
In my case for Giannis, if he never leaves, then never. Having Giannis with the club for his whole career would be more valuable to the club and fanbase than an individual ring and him leaving to chase another somewhere else.
If Giannis stays, he will be more consequential than Kareem’s ring in franchise history, even if he never wins one.
Wisconsin fans aren’t Houston fans. Portland fans aren’t Houston fans.
You think you’re entitled to championship basketball, you’re impatient, and you run good players out of town. You and James Harden truly deserve(d) each other.
And yes, Harden (mvp), you are a perfect proxy for Fertitta.
They need to remake the movie Twins feat Dame Devito and Giannis Schwarzenegger
Emoni bates reclassifies, goes to Mich state next year and is 1st pick of ‘22 draft. Can’t wait to watch this guy play on a national level. Next generational player.
he has the killer instinct at such a young age, plays to destroy his opponents. thee generational talent like you said.
They can team up for the next 5 years on the All Star team.
Sounds to me like Oakland native Lillard and Steph’s BFF Giannis were thinking about going to GSW to form a truly unbeatable big 3 with Curry…light years baby!!!
Lillard wants to beat Curry not join him. He’s a proud man and will not take a backseat to anyone. He’s come a long way from unknown to respected to a stud. And when the Blazers would come into Oakland, Lillard would have his own people/fans there and he would want to come in and destroy the Warriors. Easier said than done but the man loves the challenge.
Looks like Strike Four has a new handle.
That’s exactly what I was about to say. I had my suspicions and as soon as he mentioned Giannis coming to Golden State, it was all too obvious
John Collins to me is going to be an interesting case study and target for many teams-
Kid looks more smooth, polished, patient and refined this year
Hes been on the wrong end of the hype train these past couple years- I think that changes this year and he becomes fully viewed as a top 40 player in the league ( A lot closer to players like KAT/bam than most will admit today)
Big on/off. Better every year.
The fact Basketball Rehab have Zaire Wade in the lottery is crazy.
I included the link to their 2022 Mock for reference.
link to basketballrehab.com