Bucks Sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo

JULY 16: The Bucks have officially signed Antetokounmpo, the team announced today in a press release.

“Thanasis is a young player with great experience at the top level overseas,” Bucks GM Jon Horst said in a statement. “He brings toughness, athleticism, character and a high IQ. We are thrilled to have him join the Bucks.”

JULY 7: Thanasis Antetokounmpo has agreed to a two-year contract to join his brother in Milwaukee, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Greek outlet Gazzetta.gr reported earlier in the week that Antetokounmpo and the Bucks were finalizing a two-year guaranteed deal.

Charania confirms (via Twitter) that Antetokounmpo will get a guaranteed two-year minimum-salary deal. I’ll be worth about $3.15MM over two years, including $1.45MM in 2019/20.

An older sibling of reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis has brief NBA experience, playing two games for the Knicks on a 10-day contract during the 2015/16 season.

The 26-year-old spent this season with Panathinaikos, leading the team to a second straight Greek Basket League title. He was also MVP of the Greek All-Star Game in 2018. Before returning to Greece Thanasis spent three years in the G League, playing for both Delaware and Westchester.

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25 thoughts on “Bucks Sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  1. pickandersen

    @LegionHoopsRoss literally tweeted this two days ago. Not usually one to demand credit for the first person who got it, but Ross has been all over free agency, breaking a bunch of signings and not getting credit. He deserves credit for getting all the info on this one several days ago.

    • fantasyman99

      Yeah give him all the credit for breaking the story about the Antetokuompo that no one cares about … this buds for you Ross

  2. Joethewolf

    “leading the team to a second straight Greek Basket League title.”?? He played 11mpg and averaged 5ppg last season. Sounds like he doesn’t even do well in Europe. I don’t mind the signing, if it helps create a better culture for your star player okay then. But I do appreciate not exaggerating information in the report.

    • I’m sure that’s how the report came over from Greece.

      But it does remind me of the Al Attles story when he says one game he and Wilt scored 117 points combined.

  3. Danthemilwfan

    For all those Giannis is going to leave and not sign the max contract people, we just signed his best friend, brought him back from overseas and he’s not even that good, just to make Giannis happy. So enough with those reports since he already said he’s not going anywhere before that!

    • If Giannis were quietly considering leaving the Bucks, signing his brother to a minimum contract isn’t going to make him stay. It’s a pretty unimpactful move.

      • x%sure

        Unimpactful IF he was already planning to leave. Otherwise, it’s pretty impactful esp for an immigrant.

        • Dodgethis

          Not really. Because he knows he can take his brother anywhere with him. Really it sh9ws bucks are desperate.

          • Averagebro

            Exactly. It’s not like he couldn’t demand his new team trade for his brother.

          • x%sure

            It’s not about knowing, it’s about having. What difference does knowing make, esp if you don’t know until it’s done. Well it got done, the important thing, and as for the less important thing, now he knows for sure it’s doable and the Bucks will do for him.

            The Bucks are not hampered, he’s a good athlete. It is common for teams to have an underskilled developing athlete on their roster, for whatever good it does. Practicing against I suppose. I saw the other bro in Vegas and he would be a handful to control.

      • Raps902420

        Gianni’s is gonna make so much money on his next contract, wherever he signs,that he could pay his brothers minimum salary himself with putting a dent in his account.

      • tharrie0820

        No different than when the Cavs would sign people because LeBron said so. you keep your stars happy or they demand trades

  4. hoosierhysteria

    Smart move. Helps keep the freak. We shall see. Losing brogdon hurts them.

  5. Averagebro

    Won’t play a meaningful game this season.

    Now if they can just get the brother on the Mavs in town…

  6. Danthemilwfan

    Now sign resently released Kostas and have one big happy family. Kostas is better then thanasis

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