FIBA are to guarantee Europe’s top clubs €30 million per season if they agree to join their proposed new league. Talks have been scheduled for Mies on November 3 to further discuss their plans with representatives from leading teams and the Euroleague expected to attend.
“We are very keen to hear their views on our proposed new top club competition and any other topics they might be interested in, given how much FIBA has changed and grown over the past few years,” FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann said. “We look forward to having open and constructive discussions on the future of professional basketball in Europe and are happy to note that national federations and other basketball stakeholders look forward to remodelling the European Club competitions.”
The Greek agent for Thanasis Antetokounmpo said he is talking with European and NBA teams, but he said he thinks the 6-foot-7 defensive specialist may wind up playing in the D-League, if another NBA club doesn’t sign him. Antetokounmpo, the Knicks second-round pick in 2014, was waived Friday after playing just 13 minutes in preseason. His agent, Nick Lotsos, told The Post in a phone interview from Greece he would be choosey in accepting a European offer.
“To go to Europe, we’d want a great opportunity, not just a good opportunity,” Lotsos said. “We will wait a little [to see] what’s going on with some NBA teams, check out some interest, see what’s up there. Most of the European league [teams] are already in progress.” Explaining why he would consider Antetokounmpo to return to the D-league for the $25,000 salary, Lotsos said, “It’s first time has chance to be seen and everybody has right to pick him up. A D-League franchise will give him the stage to showcase his skills.”