HoopsHype Thanasis Antetokounmpo rumors

August 26, 2014 Updates

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.’’ New York Post

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. New York Post

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The Knicks also drafted Greek shooting guard Thanasis Antetokounmpo in the second round at No. 52 with the thought of stashing him in Europe. There’s another option of placing him on their D-League affiliate in Westchester without him signing an NBA contract and taking up one of the 15 roster spots. New York Post

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Six-foot-six Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the 21-year-old defensive specialist whom the Knicks drafted with the 51st pick, may play next season in Greece, where there is interest from teams. He will play in the summer league for the Knicks in July and they will decide if he’s ready after. The older brother of the Bucks’ Giannis, he played for the D-League’s Delaware franchise but is said to be raw offensively. New York Post

June 27, 2014 Updates

He never knew how life would eventually work in his favor, but, "We just knew it would. We just knew," he said. Lotsos called Antetokounmpo "the most polite" client he has had in 25 years. In Greece, residents celebrate Name Day, and for Lotsos that is Dec. 6. It's like a birthday, Lotsos said, and a few years ago, Antetokounmpo kept asking Lotsos to come visit the family's apartment on Lotsos' Name Day. Finally, Lotsos stopped over and Antetokounmpo gave him a nice bottle of Greek wine. USA Today Sports

"I knew he was broke," Lotsos said. "I was giving him a little money and he was saving some of it to give me a gift. I've had many clients in years. A lot became millionaires. They might call or send a text on Name Day, but nobody ever bothered to give me a gift. But there was a kid who didn't have enough money to take the bus and saved what he could. "He is really, really special." USA Today Sports

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