At first, all we had was the interaction. Following the Warriors' 107-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks last Wednesday, cameras caught Steph Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo chatting near mid-court. Many amateur lip readers on Twitter believed Curry was saying "let's do it, come on man," leading optimistic Warriors fans to speculate that Curry was trying to recruit the Bucks superstar to join him in San Francisco.

The next day, Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported that he spoke to Curry, who told Haynes that he was asking for Giannis's gamertag so he could play with him on the video game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The Athletic's Steve Berman also reported that an autographed Curry jersey sat in Antetokounmpo's locker after the game.

Ideally, the reporting on this story would have ended there. We were not so lucky.

First, TMZ accosted Mallory Edens, the daughter of the Bucks owner, at a celebrity softball game on Sunday. The interview was largely uninformative, but Edens did let slip that she doesn't believe Antetokounmpo is much of a gamer.

GIANNIS AND STEPH: The paper trail connecting Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Warriors

"I don't think Giannis plays video games," Edens said, throwing cold water on the theory that Curry and Giannis were discussing PUBG at Chase Center.

On Wednesday, Sam Amick of The Athletic published an interview with Antetokounmpo, who addressed the conversation for the first time. After joking that the two were actually discussing NBA 2K and not PUBG, the 2018-19 MVP proceeded to give a quote that lent no further clarity to the situation.

“Steph is a — he’s a fun dude,” he told Amick. “I really don’t know him, know him, but whenever we’ve (played each other) he’s always come up to me, talked to me. It’s fun.”

Amick writes that Antetokounmpo and Curry "took part in a jersey swap" after the game, which confirms Berman's earlier report but does not rule out they swapped jerseys and also chatted about onething else.

Amick ultimately concludes "this is all likely just nonsense" and also "maybe it’s not," ensuring this story will continue to generate headlines for months to come.

Michael Rosen is an SFGATE digital editor. Email: michael.rosen@sfgate.com.