There could be an Antetokounmpo suiting up in purple and gold this fall.
According to a report from The Athletic, the Lakers have claimed Kostas Antetokounmpo – the younger brother of Bucks MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo – off waivers from the Dallas Mavericks and are making him one of the franchise’s two-way contract players.
The two-way deal would make the 6-foot-10 power forward eligible to play for the Lakers for up to 45 days of service while likely spending most of his time with the South Bay Lakers, the G League affiliate. Guard Zach Norvell from Gonzaga is the Lakers’ other two-way contract player slated for next season.
Two-way contracts were created in part to develop talent along the NBA’s fringes. The Lakers notably used a two-way contract to groom guard Alex Caruso, who returned to the team as a restricted free agent earlier this month.
But the name recognition is surely to buzz the most about the Lakers’ latest pickup. While Antetokounmpo averaged 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds last season for the Mavericks’ G League affiliate, he’s only logged two games in the NBA since being drafted 60th overall in 2018.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, 24, is coming off a dominant MVP season (27.7 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 5.9 apg) for Milwaukee. He’s expected to be a free agent in 2021, which is notably when many of the contracts the Lakers signed this summer come off the books, as well as potentially LeBron James who has a player option.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is famously family oriented: He invited both of his brothers to the podium following his performance at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. Kostas Antetokounmpo went to high school in Wisconsin after following his brother from Greece. He attended college in Dayton.
The Lakers are expecting to keep an open roster spot coming into the season, but now have both of their two-way contract players as well as three players signed to Exhibit 10 contracts that will bring them into training camp this fall: Devontae Cacok, Aric Holman and Jordan Caroline.