The Milwaukee Bucks have some key days ahead of them. Even if he refuses to admit it, the clock is ticking on Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he could take his words back and leave the team to pursue an NBA Championship elsewhere.
That's why they must do whatever it takes to convince him that they're willing to go the extra mile to surround him with elite talent and make a deep playoff push, even if he doesn't sign his max contract extension right away.
And, according to Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson of Heavy.com, the Bucks are doing their due diligence to try and get one of Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, or Victor Oladipo ahead of the upcoming season:
“Milwaukee Bucks are looking to add a high impact player at the guard position depending on cost & availability. I’m Told: Bucks are inquiring about Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul & Toronto Raptors icon Kyle Lowry," Robinson tweeted.
Any of them would be a major improvement over Eric Bledsoe and could certainly put the Bucks in a position to compete at the highest level in the playoffs and not just dominating their way through the regular season.
Still, there are a couple of adjustments that Mike Budenholzer must make if he wants to thrive in the playoffs, like not resting their starters as he did during the regular season, for starters, but obviously making a run at one of these three stars would be a huge power move for them.
It's unlikely that the Toronto Raptors are going to move on from Kyle Lowry, even if they want to pay Fred VanVleet big bucks. Matching Chris Paul's salary could be a challenge and he'd be worthy of the risk, but it feels like Victor Oladipo could be the most realistic target out of those three.