Rumor Mill: Giannis Antetokounmpo Joining the Lakers in 2021?

With the Milwaukee Bucks only two wins away from the NBA finals and Giannis Antetokounmpo likely to be the MVP for the 2018-2019 season, rumors have the Los Angeles Lakers planning to snatch the Greek player when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

The rumor started after former Bucks coach Jason Kidd became assistant coach of the Lakers. The speculation was initiated by a story in Newsday, according to which L.A. could be an attractive destination for Antetokounmpo with Kidd as part of the coaching team.

“I actually think it’s a long-term play for the Lakers to have Jason Kidd in the fold for a chance to try to sign Giannis Antetokounmpo if he ever becomes a free agent,” wrote Dan Beyer of FOX Sports Radio on Twitter.

Kidd was Antetokounmpo’s coach for three and a half years, before being fired in the middle of the 2017-2018 season. He supported Antetokounmpo when he was an inexperienced rookie until he developed into one of the NBA’s top talents.