Giannis Gets His Help: Bucks Acquire Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans (UPDATE: Also Bogdanović)

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Giannis Gets His Help: Bucks Acquire Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans (UPDATE: Also Bogdanović)

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Tonight, the Milwaukee Bucks showed Giannis Antetokounmpo just how much they want to keep him long-term.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans have agreed to send Jrue Holiday to the Bucks. And when you see the package New Orleans is getting in return, you’ll understand why.

Did the Pelicans just fineness the Bucks? In many ways, it certainly feels like it.

Three first-round picks, with two pick swaps, Eric Bledsoe, and George Hill is a steep price to pay for a player who has not made an All-Star game since 2013. Of course, the Bucks aren’t really trading only for an upgrade at point guard, are they?

Giannis Antetokounmpo is up for a five-year super-max contract extension this offseason – a deal the Milwaukee organization is desperate for him to accept. After the team’s early exit from the playoffs this season, speculation that the 2x MVP could decide to leave the franchise grew exponentially. Could the Greek Freak really see a path to one or more NBA championships in small market Milwaukee? 

The fact that the front office went out of their way to land a big-name player like Holiday could make the answer “yes.”

At the end of the day, there is no doubt this is a massive haul for the Pelicans. The deal could very well prove foolish if  Antetokounmpo still looks to play elsewhere. However, if the superstar commits to Milwaukee long-term, the Bucks will have easily won this trade. We’ll talk more about this in bullets tomorrow.

UPDATE (Michael): Before I even got a chance to share this post, another wrinkle was added to the story … the Bucks might not even be done yet.

Think of a lineup with Holiday, Middleton, Bogdan, and Giannis. Woof.

UPDATE II (Michael): Think no more, it’s happening:

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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.