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Insight into Eric Bledsoe, Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo from a Milwaukee point of view

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Andrew Goodman of Brew Hoop stopped by to answer several questions

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To gain a better understanding of Eric Bledsoe, how Milwaukee followers perceive Jrue Holiday and the 4-team trade, and get a little local insight into Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future with the Milwaukee Bucks, Andrew Simon Goodman of Brew Hoop kindly provided several answers to these important topics.

If you were the Pelicans and could only keep one player from the Holiday trade, should it be Eric Bledsoe or George Hill?

Well, I suppose we already have our answer with the Pelicans opting to expand the trade and ship George Hill to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bledsoe’s tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks was nothing short of a roller coaster. While I love the tenacity he brings to the court, Bledsoe picks and chooses when he “wants” to play. I often regard him as a regular season player who disappears in the postseason as we have seen the last two seasons. Even though he forced his way out of Phoenix in an immature way, he seemed like a good person to have in the locker room and got along with everyone.

On the flip side, George Hill is one of the most professional players in the NBA. Even though his stint with the Bucks was only two seasons, he made a lasting impact both in the locker room and on the floor.

Hill’s postseason run in his first campaign with the Bucks was remarkable, and aside from Giannis Antetokounmpo, his play almost willed the Bucks to a conference finals victory over the Toronto Raptors. Additionally, Hill was a huge advocate in getting the Bucks involved in social justice issues and even helped distribute meals to frontline workers who were taking care of COVID-19 patients.

If I had to choose between two (assuming the trade was never expanded), I would opt to keep George Hill. I believe he would have been a better fit with the Pelicans and would be a tremendous asset to have in the locker room to mentor the young guns. However, with what the Pelicans are trying to accomplish, I can also see why they opted to keep Eric Bledsoe (who holds more trade value due to his contract)...for now. ;)

Do you believe the Milwaukee Bucks gave up too much to acquire Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans?

The Milwaukee Bucks gave up too much for Jrue Holiday but also upgraded at that position. I find both of those statements to be true!

In Milwaukee’s case, first round picks are irrelevant when you have a transcendent player like Giannis Antetokounmpo and are trying to win a championship. Those picks become obsolete because you are trying to trade those assets to help elevate the roster towards championship contention...even if they trade for a rental player.

I would have felt even better about this trade if they were able to pair Holiday with Bogdan Bogdanovic — but we all know how that went. :( What is most important for the Milwaukee Bucks is that they secured an upgrade over Eric Bledsoe and now have a point guard who will consistently show up in the postseason. That to me makes the trade worth it.

This is a trade that benefits the Bucks in the short term and the Pelicans for the long haul.

What odds would you give Giannis Antetokounmpo of staying in Milwaukee for seven more seasons? What about three more seasons?

Hmm, this is a tough one. I give the chances of Giannis staying in Milwaukee for seven more seasons at roughly 30% but feel much better about him staying put for three more seasons (85%).

Giannis is not your average superstar as we know and truly values loyalty and building your own legacy over jumping ship and starting a superteam to win a ring. I believe Antetokounmpo will sign a five-year Super Max contract within the next week to secure his future with the Bucks for a few more seasons.

I have always been conflicted on this topic as I have always wanted the best for Giannis even though Milwaukee’s front office has proved to be incompetent over the last few seasons. However, if there is any inclination that he is not interested in signing long-term, you must look to trade him ASAP. I strongly believe that a trade involving Giannis could net one of the biggest returns in NBA history. Hopefully it does not come down to that, though. Giannis definitely deserves to win a ring in his career.

Do you feel national media has shown any bias towards Giannis’ upcoming free agency? How do you think small market teams can best combat the forces that try to pull stars into larger markets?

Absolutely. I find it sickening how much ESPN and all national media talking heads want Giannis out of Milwaukee.

Small markets have always been at a huge disadvantage and we are seeing that with how the media covers Antetokounmpo. He is not one to feed into that, but everyday we are seeing blue checkmark Twitter advocate for him leaving Milwaukee for the likes of Los Angeles, Dallas, and Miami. Thankfully, though, the player in this case controls his own destiny on where he ends up.

Is asking for fair media coverage too much to ask for? It seems like it. If Antetokounmpo played for the Lakers or Knicks, the way he would be talked about on social media and television would be completely different. I am ashamed of what social media has come to nowadays. Rather than reporting, it is who can post the most outlandish content to get more engagements. Sigh.

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