The Milwaukee Bucks are pairing two-time Kia MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo with veteran NBA All-Star Damian Lillard. The blockbuster trade was made official Wednesday evening.
The Bucks are now one of four teams to have multiple players from the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team on the roster — Lakers, Warriors and Clippers are the others.
The first regular-season glimpse of its star duo will occur on Thursday, Oct. 26 against the Philadelphia 76ers (7:30 ET, TNT). Until then, here’s a look at how new coach Adrian Griffin could shift the starting lineup.
Projected starting five:
Here is the Bucks roster heading into training camp after trading for Lillard.
Andre Jackson Jr.
Lillard is a seven-time All-Star and was the 2012-13 Kia Rookie of the Year. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 32.2 points per game for the Trail Blazers. He is also a seven-time All-NBA selection.
The 33-year-old from Oakland, Calif. had a 71-point game this past season against Houston, becoming the seventh player in NBA history to score more than 70 points in a game.
Lillard won an Olympic gold medal alongside new teammate Khris Middleton. He will now look to win an NBA championship with him, which would be the first of his career.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.