NBA Rumor: Dwayne Bacon Free Agency

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When the Knicks signed Orlando swingman Dwayne Bacon after he was waived earlier this month, it figured he’d be part of the 15-man roster when the season kicked off Oct. 20 versus Boston. But that seems less certain, considering the way Bacon’s contract reads. According to an NBA source, Bacon signed a one-year non-guaranteed Exhibit 10 deal after being a starter for the Magic last season, playing in all 72 games.

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If Bacon, who turns 26 on Monday, is cut, he will get a $50,000 guarantee if he plays with the Westchester Knicks of the G-League. There’s a chance the final roster spot will become a battle between Bacon and Argentine combo guard Luca Vildoza, who has a four-year, $13.6 million non-guaranteed deal. Vildoza, 25, already got paid for the first season despite signing in May. Bacon is a Creative Artists Agency client — team president Leon Rose’s former firm. But multiple sources contend the Knicks are taking a flier on Bacon because of Tom Thibodeau’s close friend, Steve Clifford, the former Charlotte and Orlando coach who now is a Nets consultant.

It’s common these days for player-personnel scouts from other teams to ask about Bacon as a future free agent. But that matters only to the extent he frees himself from his funk. “I think I have the perfect mindset to play 15 years in the NBA, because I can accept every obstacle and I’m always going to be ready. I don’t come with ego,” Bacon said. “I’m the same guy every day: I smile like I just scored 30 points. When you have an ego in this sport, you won’t get far. If I came in here all mad, thinking ‘Oh, you guys are playing and I’m not,’ that’s just selfish of me. “I know this is going to come around.”
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September 16, 2021 | 8:36 pm EDT Update
NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Greece for a meeting with the country’s prime minister Thursday and a special ceremony to bestow Greek citizenship on his mother Veronica and younger brother Alex. Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship in July, attended the ceremony at the official residence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was granted Greek citizenship in 2013, allowing him to travel to the United States and join the Bucks later that year.
“We always felt Greek, but now we have an official stamp and we are happy,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after the ceremony. “Alex and my mom are Greek citizens now.” Antetokounmpo also traveled to Greece in August with his brother Thanassis, carrying the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy. He took the trophy to the ancient Acropolis in Athens to celebrate with members of his family.
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