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NBA Trade Rumors: "I'm still not sure they are going to get a chip," Stephen A Smith urges caution as Milwaukee Bucks work to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Modified 17 Nov 2020, 23:59 IST
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In the ongoing off-season, blockbuster NBA trades galore are likely to happen. As per NBA trade rumors, veteran point guard Chris Paul is likely to join the Phoenix Suns while the Milwaukee Bucks are set to acquire Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanovic.

On that note, let us have a look at the latest in this regard.

NBA Trade Rumors: Stephen A Smith gives his opinion on the Milwaukee Bucks' off-season activity 

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Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat - Game Four

The Milwaukee Bucks have been under immense pressure this off-season because there was a possibility of Giannis Antetokounmpo not signing an extension with the franchise, as per NBA trade rumors.

However, the Milwaukee Bucks have shown considerable intent to surround Giannis Antetokounmpo with the right players early in the off-season. The Bucks are set to acquire highly-coveted 2-way star Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans,and sharp shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Sacramento Kings.

With the Milwaukee Bucks looking to go all the way, eminent basketball personality Stephen A Smith shared his thoughts on the same on the latest episode of 'First Take':

"I'm still not sure they are going to get a chip out of this. And that's what gonna help keep them Giannis in Milwaukee."

The Milwaukee Bucks have failed in the NBA playoffs in the last couple of seasons despite having a strong team led by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The 'Greek Freak' is in the last year of his contract, and as per the NBA trade rumors in this regard, the Milwaukee Bucks are set to give him a good chance to win the title next season.

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Also read: NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics offering two first-round picks to Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors could match the best contract offered to Fred VanVleet.

Stephen A Smith thinks that the Phoenix Suns won't be a big threat in the Western Conference

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are set to acquire Chris Paul in an NBA trade that could send Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr. and draft compensation back to OKC Thunder.

As per NBA trade rumors in this regard, the Suns are set to be ambitious this off-season, and they look likely to be so, at least in the early days of the trade window. With the Phoenix Suns looking to be a force to be reckoned with in the Western conference, Stephen A Smith provided his take on the same:

"I think they are going to be a 5-7 seed. But I don't think they are going to be a threat to the top 3 teams in the West."

The ESPN insider then shifted to the topic of James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets, who have been in the news recently. With NBA trade rumors linking 'The Beard' with a move to the Nets, Smith gave his opinion on that possible trade when he said: 

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"James Harden will be under immense pressure to deliver a championship if he joins the Brooklyn Nets."

If the Nets go through with the Harden NBA trade, they could arguably have the best team in the league and become a legitimate contender for next year's championship.

Also read: NBA Trade Rumors: Making the case for LA Lakers acquiring Wesley Matthews this off-season.

Published 17 Nov 2020, 23:59 IST
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