According to a report, the Milwaukee Bucks were offered a shot at the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but balked at it when the price—along with the No. 2 overall selection—would have been last year’s first-round pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst told Grantland’s Zach Lowe on a podcast that the Cavaliers asked about the Greek Freak as part of a trade of the top two picks.
Windhorst said on Zach Lowe’s podcast that the Cavs asked the Bucks for Giannis to swap 1 with 2.
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Antetokounmpo, not yet 20 years old, is considered untouchable by the Bucks’ front office after a rookie season during which he flashed lots of potential as a 6-foot-10 wing player.
The bottom line is that regardless of whether you favor the Bucks getting Jabari Parker out of Duke—as I do—or Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, it really is a case where Milwaukee will be getting either 1a or 1b.
Parker is an NBA-ready scorer, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound Chicago native who might have the biggest thing going for him of anyone in the draft—he wants to come to Milwaukee.
Wiggins had some huge games at Kansas, lighting up West Virginia for 41 points most notably, and combines a 6-foot-9 frame with a 7-foot wingspan and a 40-inch vertical leap and is projected to be the player with the most potential to become a superstar in this deep draft pool.
So it’s extremely unlikely that either of the top two prospects—Parker or Wiggins—will fall flat on their face the way last year’s top overall pick, Anthony Bennett, did for the Cavaliers in 2013-14.
The Bucks are in an enviable position—regardless of who Cleveland takes, or if the Cavs opt to trade out of the top spot, Milwaukee is going to end up with a dynamic player who can come in and start digging the franchise out of last season’s 15-67 disaster.
Giving up the player who is currently the franchise’s most valuable young asset in order to move up one spot would have been insane since the Bucks will end up with another valuable young asset regardless of who goes first tonight.