Report: Lakers claim Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers




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  • 2019-07-21 22:00:05Z
  • By NBC Sports
 

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a 24-year-old MVP playing in Milwaukee and heading toward a super-max decision that could have him hit 2021 unrestricted free agency.

Big-market teams are licking their chops.

That probably has something to do with the Lakers adding his brother, Kostas Antetokounmpo.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:


Kostas Antetokounmpo was the last pick in last year's draft. He spent the season on a two-way contract with the Mavericks, who just waived him. He'll remain on a two-way deal with the Lakers. The 21-year-old was alright in the NBA's minor league, but he's not a tantalizing prospect.

Except for his connection to Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Giannis Antetokounmpo said he could never see himself playing for Los Angeles. But maybe he'd change his mind if someone close to him has a positive experience there. That must be the Lakers' hope, at least.

It's worth a shot, and the Lakers aren't the only team trying this angle. The Bucks also signed Thanasis Antetokounmpo this summer.

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The first question to think about here: Who benefits from this report being out there? I'm in no way questioning the validity of the report - Charania is one of the best-connected reporters around the NBA - but things are told/leaked to media members with perception and spin in mind. In this case, who benefits from this being out there?

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