Younger bro of reign­ing MVP joins Lak­ers

Global Times US Edition - - SPORTS -

The Los An­ge­les Lak­ers con­firmed Mon­day they have gained the rights to Kostas Antetokoun­mpo, younger brother of Mil­wau­kee’s NBA Most Valu­able Player Giannis.

Kostas Antetokoun­mpo, 21, was signed to a two-way con­tract by the Lak­ers. He ap­peared in two games for the Dal­las Mav­er­icks last sea­son and played 40 games for the Texas Leg­ends in the NBA’S de­vel­op­men­tal G League.

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.

Kostas is one of three Antetokoun­mpo brothers to play in the NBA. The el­dest, 27-year-old Thana­sis, has played in Greece, the G League and signed with the Bucks this off-sea­son.

That puts him on the team where Giannis has emerged as a su­per­star, lead­ing Mil­wau­kee to the best record in the NBA last sea­son.

The Bucks fell to the even­tual NBA cham­pi­ons Toronto Rap­tors in the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nals.

Giannis, Thana­sis and Kostas have all been named in Greece’s squad for the bas­ket­ball World Cup that tips off in China on Au­gust 31.

There’s one more Antetokoun­mpo brother in the NBA pipeline, with teenager Alex hop­ing to make it there one day.

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