Milwaukee is now a Destination for NBA Free Agents
In the last two years or so, people like to write articles for clicks saying that ‘Giannis Antetokounmpo is out the door, and he will go play somewhere like Los Angeles, Miami or Dallas to play in a bigger market.’ That’s been out there, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see people bring that story back around when the All-Star Game hits next weekend. Anthony Davis is in major trade talks right now, and he gave New Orleans a list of teams that he would sign a long-term extension with in 2020. Milwaukee was one of those teams. This isn’t about thinking ‘Oh my god, an NBA wants to come here’, rather ‘Yes, Milwaukee finally has what it needs to bring people to the Cream City.’
How did this happen? Well, there is a guy named Giannis that I think people want to play with considering the success of Milwaukee and the success of Antetokounmpo. This looks like a fun team to be a part of without question. They’re the best team in the Eastern Conference, a legit Finals contender and it’s clear this isn’t a flash in the pan. They’re also well-coached led by Mike Budenholzer who has respect all over the league. In non-basketball amenities, Bucks have a state-of-the-art practice facility and medical center right by the arena plus apartments that will be going up this Spring. If you add all of these things up, Bucks are a very player-first organization, and that has to be appealing to whomever is looking in free agency, trades or buyouts.
This isn’t a glamorous location. Milwaukee is dealing with a potential ice storm overnight on Tuesday, they had some of the coldest temperatures ever and who knows when Spring will come to Wisconsin. But there is a lot of charm to living here. Greg Monroe mentioned how much he enjoyed his time with the Bucks and going out in the city never felt like cameras were around him. Los Angeles is fun. So is New York. But people are following your every move. Milwaukee doesn’t have it. We may talk about seeing dudes out and about (Shouts to club legend John Henson) yet it’s not like we’re grabbing pictures to post on TMZ.
I doubt Davis will come here, but it speaks volumes to where the Bucks are as a franchise.