One of the Lakers’ most recent signings was that of Kostas Antetokounmpo, a star in the G-League’s Texas Legends, and younger brother of Giannis. And while Kostas may resemble some of the same skillsets as his big bro, the Lakers may be using him as a gateway for 2021 free-agency.
For those who may have missed it, the Lakers signed the younger brother reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to a two-way contract late last month. He joins the Lakers after playing one season for the Texas Legends, the G-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, NBA.com reported.
Kostas put up decent numbers, likely hinting that he will be among the players coming off the Lakers bench. He averaged 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks while shooting 52.5 percent from the field. He appeared in only two games for the Mavs.
With the vaunted firepower the Lakers have right now, Antetokounmpo could be of use and help out the main stars. He is good at playing the pick-and-roll and is expected to develop further. Given all these promising things, would this be all tied up to a possible pursuit of his older brother Giannis?
The Milwaukee superstar has made it known that he has no intention of leaving the Bucks. He scoffed at the idea of moving to a big city and seems to be about as loyal as they get when it comes to stars and their small-market teams.
But the Lakers, are not known to rule anything out in their pursuits, and will likely continue to pursue The Greek Freak until he becomes unavailable in 2021. The signing of Kostas may have just been part of the ploy to do just that.