MILWAUKEE, WI– In a surprise move that could shake up the NBA landscape, North Korea general manager and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has offered a lucrative trade package to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
NBA insiders report the Bucks would receive $1 billion and South Korea for their star player and reigning NBA MVP.
Milwaukee has been keen to retain Antetokounmpo, who will be a free agent after the 2020-21 season, but may be forced to seek trade value if a new deal cannot be reached.
The Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, and Dallas Mavericks also reportedly have interest in Antetokounmpo but are unlikely to match the $1 billion and sovereignty over an independent nation North Korea is offering.
“Right now, Giannis is our player. We want to keep him here and hope he stays. I can’t comment on these reports, but I will say that we could probably do a lot with the 38,691 square miles of a country we would now own. Probably put in a new practice facility for sure,” said Jon Horst, general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.
It is unclear whether or not Jong Un would play Antetokounmpo in his preferred power forward position, but reports indicate he wants to add offensive weapons at multiple positions.
North Korea typically runs the dictatorial triangle offense, which relies heavily on quick guards who can shoot and suppress opposition.
Reporter Greg Lovell contributed to this article.