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Now the Knicks are weighing their options, depending upon how the draft unfolds. A source told The Post recently they would love to gain an extra pick — in either round — beyond their fourth-overall selection. Antetokounmpo’s Greece-based agent, Nick Lotsos, said the Knicks aren’t ready to enter negotiations yet. “They’ve said right after the draft they’ll be ready to talk. They’re very busy now,’’ Lotsos told The Post. “So we’ll have a better feeling after that. But now I don’t have an answer for you.’’
In their old Athens neighborhood of Sepolia Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo played once again a pick up basketball game in the open gym of Triton, where they learned the sport. Dozens of local residents gathered around them and also had the chance to play with them, like their old friends and teammates Sokratis Psaropoulos and Kanelos Garbis. After the game which was announced by the brothers themselves via social media, Giannis said: “I want to thank every one and all the kids who came to see us. We will try to do it every year in order to have fun with out friends and remember old times. I will always miss my neighborhood. Two days after the playoffs I am back here. That says everything”.
Ian Begley: Fisher gives no indication on whether the #Knicks will sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo this season. (It’s unlikely due, in part, to cap impact)
Lotsis said he still gets calls, but says Antetokounmpo is committed to this process. “Of course I’m glad,’’ Antetokounmpo said. “I’m a kid, and money really doesn’t matter. People who know me know I would prefer to play the next level, and if they said you’d have the same salary as the D-League or play for free, I’d still say yes. That’s who I am.’’
If they sign him now, he would be regarded as a second-year player next season and his contract would be worth $850,000 – or $320,000 more than rookie scale. “Of course, that’s my dream, to play in the NBA,’’ Antetokounmpo told The Post on Monday, one day after finishing second in the D-League Slam-Dunk contest at Barclays Center. “If I was to get that chance to go to the next level, I’ll put all my heart into it and give everything into it. Even from not playing at all to being a good teammate to being the guy who plays 40 minutes, I’ll do whatever it takes for the team to win.’’
Antetokounmpo’s Greece-based agent, Nick Lotsis, told The Post on Monday he spoke to GM Steve Mills last week. “We have not heard anything today,’’ Lotsis said. “We had a discussion with Steve Mills with the past week. There was no clear indication about whether he’ll be there for the remainder of the season or if they are thinking next season. He said he’s thinking seriously about Thanasis for the team’s future. I don’t think it’s clear how the season finishes.’’
Shams Charania: NYK, Thanasis Antetokounmpo discussed future recently, vision still consistent w/ plan to sign him for ’15-16, league sources tell RealGM. All along, Knicks’ strong interest in Thanasis Antetokounmpo had clear plan for deal in 2015 summer. Last week’s meeting reinforced belief.
The Knicks have reportedly reached a buyout agreement with Amar’e Stoudemire, but his spot on the team won’t likely remain open for long. With some flexibility to be had on the roster, New York already has a plan in place for what’s next, TheKnicksBlog.com has learned. The team is “ready” to call up Thanasis Antetokounmpo, a source tells TKB and SNY.tv.
The source tells TKB and SNY.tv that the team has been preparing to call Antetokounmpo up in anticipation of a spot (or two) opening up, leading up to the trade deadline, for quite some time now. STAT’s buyout seemingly allows them such an opportunity moving forward.
The loquacious Bucks forward was asked if he thought the Knicks would bring up his brother, who was drafted 51st last June but has been playing in the D-League with the Westchester Knicks after not being signed to the NBA roster. “He’s ready,’’ Antetokounmpo said at the Bucks practice Wednesday at O2 Arena. “I don’t think the Knicks have to lose anything. They lose 15 [straight] now. Tomorrow is going to be 16. They don’t have anything to lose. My brother could bring energy to the team and [is] hard-working, and guys from the team can see that and take something from him.’’
When Antetokounmpo ultimately did speak with Jackson, the Zenmaster convinced the 6-foot-6 second-round draft pick to come play with the Knicks D-League team instead of playing overseas, where he reportedly could have made as much as $550,000 instead of the $24,600 the D-League offers. What was Jackson’s message in that phonecall? “That they believe in me and the only thing I have to do is believe in myself,” Antetokounmpo said.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo was practicing with his Greek club in August when he realized he had missed two phonecalls from aThanasis number he didn’t recognize. “So I called back and it was Phil,” as in Phil Jackson, Antetokounmpo recalled Wednesday at the Westchester Knicks media day. “And then my phone died and I was rushing to charge my phone to call back.”
Giannis says Thanasis can be ‘better’ than him: He was probably just being polite, but Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks his brother and Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo can be better than he is. “He can be better than me. I believe that,” Giannis said Monday. Giannis added that his brother is “very athletic.” “You can’t [teach] that. Like some guys are tall. You can’t [teach] tallness. The only thing you can do is improve your skills to play in this league. That’s what he’s doing. Just trying to improve his skills so he can make it in the league.”
The high-energy Greek guard played on the Knicks summer league team and looked raw, committing eight fouls in the opener. However, Jackson said his name should be changed from Thanasis to “Tenacious.’’ According to a source, the communication between Thanasis and the Knicks was poor and the Greek energizer was disappointed they didn’t see him fit for the 15-man roster. In fact, after The Post’s report he would be stashed, Antetokounmpo told another news outlets it was news to him. As recently as three weeks ago, at a rookie orientation camp, Thanasis said he planned to be in Knicks’ training camp.
The Greek agent for Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo said he’s “amazed’’ his client chose to play in the NBA’s D-League for the $25,000 cap and turn down an offer from an A-Division team in the Italian League, calling it “a big sacrifice.’’ According to agent Tim Lotsos, the Italian club, Varese, offered Antetokounmpo a two-year deal worth $550,000 with an opt-out to join the NBA after one year. Olympiakos in Greece and Sevilla in Spain also offered him deals. “Amazing isn’t it?,’’ Lotsos told The Post in a phone call from Greece. “To my surprise, he passed on it. He’s very ambitious and determined to make the NBA. It’s a big sacrifice. It could’ve really put him ahead of schedule in his career. I didn’t try to force him. I wanted him to make his own decision.’’
Shams Charania: For now, Knicks plan for Thanasis Antetokounmpo to sign straight with D-League’s Westchester — no camp deal — sources tell RealGM.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo decided to turn down for now all the offers arrived from European clubs, because he will attend Knicks’ training camp, source told Sportando. The Greek player has received two offers from Italian clubs: Avellino and Varese.