Giannis Antetokounmpo spent time abroad with Victor Oladipo this past offseason as they worked out and also socialized, sources tell The Athletic.
That friendship is one of the major reasons why the Bucks pursued a trade for him and made an offer to the Indiana Pacers, sources say.
Oladipo's future with the Pacers is uncertain as he enters the final season of his existing contract.
Antetokounmpo has typically kept a distance from other star players and notably depicted a summer workout in 2018 that included LeBron James, James Harden and Kevin Durant.
Sources tell ESPN that the Bucks and Pacers never came close to a deal that would have worked for either side.