Clippers, Mavs reportedly expected to be among candidates to sign Giannis Antetokounmpo if he leaves the Bucks in 2021

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The Clippers and the Mavs are expected to be among the candidates to sign Giannis Antetokounmpo if he leaves the Bucks in 2021.

The reigning NBA MVP is eligible for a supermax contract extension this offseason, but if he declines it, then he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Following the elimination of the Bucks from the Eastern Conference Finals (they lost 4-1 to the Miami Heat in the semifinals), Antetokounmpo said he has no plans to request a trade from Milwaukee this iffseason.

“The truth is that Giannis can choose from all 30 teams, because every one would move whatever salaries necessary to create the cap space for him.

Or, as Jimmy Butler’s move to Miami last summer showed, a sign-and-trade can be worked out. Take the Clippers, for example: Multiple league sources have recently said the Clippers plan to pursue a deal for Giannis. One of the sources said Giannis has an “admiration” for Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Maybe someday Giannis will have to leave in order to win a title, but for now, league sources consider the Bucks the clear favorite for Giannis in 2021.

Still, teams will chase him. The Heat are setting up to make a splash in 2021, whether it’s Giannis or another top free agent. Golden State, Toronto, and Dallas hope to make runs at Antetokounmpo too, league sources say,” Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer reports.

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