It goes without saying that Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the greatest players in the league right now. He's dominant on both ends of the floor and is the kind of tough competitor that could certainly help a lot of young NBA stars, including Luka Doncic and Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks.
The Greek Freak is poised to win back-to-back MVPs and was recently named Defensive Player of the Year. However, that hasn't translated to success with the Milwaukee Bucks, as his team dropped to a 0-2 hole vs. the Miami Heat.
Giannis will become a free agent in 2021 and is eligible to sign the largest contract in basketball history. However, there's a strong belief that he could consider forcing his way out of the Bucks if they underperform in the playoffs again.
And, according to former NBA player and basketball analyst Brian Scalabrine, we shouldn't cross the Dallas Mavericks out of the list of potential destinations, as they have the money and the personnel to pull it off.
Brian Scalabrine Says Giannis Antetokounmpo Could Sign With The Dallas Mavericks
“Of all the (stars), I think he would (leave the Bucks to join the Mavs). To leave a team, that’s a hard thing to do, especially if you’re a guy like him. Just think about Dirk Nowitzki. He was Dallas all the way, (and) it seems like Giannis is all the way (with the Bucks)," Scalabrine said.
Giannis would have to ask for a trade next season for the Mavericks to make a move. If not, he could play the waiting game and run his contract before hitting free agency. Then, he'd be highly sought-after but the Mavs' core and financial situation could play in their favor:
“But. I think you (Dallas) have just as good a chance as anyone else. Los Angeles, Miami, or any of the other favorite teams. I think the Dallas Mavericks, you look at their cap situation, with a superstar in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. I'm telling you right now it’s not zero (chance)," the champion concluded.
Certainly, a European Big 3 of Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kristaps Porzingis would turn the team into a championship contender right away. Mark Cuban is known for taking fine care of his stars and the Mavs have a great culture as an organization.
Moreover, it's pretty clear that Giannis needs to be surrounded by shooters to thrive when the defense collapses in the paint, especially in the playoffs. The Mavs, notably, have plenty of shooters to spare.