Kostas Antetokounmpo Rumors

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Kostas Antetokounmpo
Kostas Antetokounmpo
Position: F
Born: 11/20/97
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:200 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Salary: $79,568
Ryan Ward: #Lakers list Kyle Kuzma (Stress Reaction, Left Ankle) as PROBABLE for tomorrow’s game vs. #Mavs. Rajon Rondo (Mild Right Calf Strain) as OUT Talen Horton-Tucker (Assignment), Kostas Antetokounmpo and Zach Norvell Jr. (Two-Way Contracts) are with the South Bay Lakers
Storyline: Kyle Kuzma Injury
The three Antetokounmpo brothers will be focused on one thing – leading Greece as far as they can in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, where the table has been set for what seems like one of the most wide open races for the title of world’s best. “We’re just trying to encourage each other and get better,” Giannis shared. “It is an incredible feeling that all three of us are together. We have worked very hard to get here and to achieve this. That’s why I know that our mother is proud, as is our father, who I’m sure is watching us from the heavens.”
The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Antetokounmpo, who is currently signed to a two-way contract, appeared in two games for the Dallas Mavericks last season and played 40 games (25 starts) for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, where he averaged 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steal in 25.4 minutes. Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 60th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo was acquired by the Mavericks in a draft-night trade.
But when the Mavericks pulled the trigger and took Antetokounmpo, it didn’t take long for many NBA officials to figure out the Mavs’ rationale. “They’re looking down the road,’’ an NBA executive said a few days after the draft. “They (the Mavs) know Giannis will be a free agent in a couple of years and this was a way to interest him in Dallas.’’ When another NBA executive was queried earlier this season whether he believed the Mavericks drafted Kostas with Giannis in mind, he didn’t hesitate in responding. “Of course, they did,’’ he said succinctly.
The aforementioned official then claimed that Dallas’ decision to pick Antetokounmpo was driven by Mark Cuban, the Mavericks’ owner, and not the Mavs’ scouting department. “I actually thought it was a great move on Cuban’s part,’’ the source said. “With the last pick, they had nothing to lose, so why not take a flyer on (Kostas) and see if he can develop into a player and make an impression on Giannis.’’
In a report earlier this season by Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, he quoted a former GM as saying, “There’s no way in hell that Giannis Antetokounmp is staying in Milwaukee for his second deal. I would bet everything that I own that Giannis leaves Milwaukee.’’ In that same report by Kennedy, two agents also strongly suggested Antetokounmpo will bolt Milwaukee at the end of his contract. An NBA official and an acquaintance of Antetokounmpo both told me in the last six months that they fully expect Antetokounmpo to eventually leave the Bucks and that several teams have already had preliminary internal discussions on how to land the Greek Freak. Both sources felt the Los Angeles Lakers would likely be Antetokoumpo’s likely landing spot.
Storyline: Giannis Antetokounmpo Free Agency
After a season mostly spent in the G League – he has yet to take the floor for Dallas this season – Kostas Antetokounmpo, who went to Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, is on the Mavericks’ two-game road trip with a stop in Indiana on Saturday before taking on the Bucks at 1 p.m. Monday at Fiserv Forum. “I’m really excited,” Giannis said. “He’s my brother, my little brother. He’s going to be in Milwaukee … and it’s going to be fun to have him around; he hasn’t seen my mom for a while now.”
Bobby Marks, ESPN: The Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City) and Khyri Thomas (Detroit) signings now have 17 players selected in the second round of the June Draft under contract. Each of the second round picks have at a minimum of three years on their contract except for Jevon Carter (Memphis). The point guard was restricted to only two years because Memphis had signed Kyle Anderson to the full midlevel exception. The top three players with the most guaranteed money are Rodions Kurucs ($4.8M), Jalen Brunson ($4.3M) and Gary Trent Jr. ($3.9M). In addition, the last three players selected in the second round, Thomas Welsh, George King and Kostas Antetokounmpo were signed to Two-Way Contracts.
2 years ago via ESPN
Storyline: Two-Way Contracts
Jerry Zgoda: Among the many draft prospects the Wolves have interviewed in Chicago: IMG Academy Anfernee Simons, Nova’s Donte DiVincenzo, Miami’s Bruce Brown, Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith, Dayton’s Kostas Antetokounmpo (yes, those Antetokounmpos). Duke’s Gary Trent Jr. scheduled for tomorrow