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Kostas Antetokounmpo aiming for Bulls final two-way contract

Kostas Antetokounmpo aiming for Bulls final two-way contract
Kostas Antetokounmpo’s most recent appearance in the NBA came during the 2020-21 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. (Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO (BVM) – The Chicago Bulls made their move for Kostas Antetokounmpo official on Monday with the announcement of the team’s training camp roster. The younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kostas will compete for the Bulls’ final two-way contract.

Kostas’ most recent stint in the NBA came during the 2020-21 season when he appeared in 15 games for the Los Angeles Lakers. After two seasons with the organization, the 6-foot-10 forward moved to play for ASVEL of the French Betclic Élite and EuroLeague in 2021-22. In his 26 games with the EuroLeague team, Kostas averaged 13.7 minutes and 5.8 points.

Along with his time overseas, Kostas recently took part in the 2022 EuroBasket tournament, playing alongside his brothers Giannis and Thanasis for Team Greece.

The announcement of the younger Antetokounmpo’s deal with the Bulls brought forth some social media buzz with his older brother’s recent appearance on a local Chicago news broadcast, where the two-time MVP talked about a possible future with the franchise.

“I think anybody you ask that question [to] who plays basketball, if he said no, he would be a liar,” Giannis told Fox 32 Chicago. “It’s a team that won multiple championships. It’s a team that one of the greatest players – if not the greatest player – played for, so it’s a no-brainer. Everybody would love to play for Chicago. Down the line, you never know. You never know how life brings it. Maybe I play for Chicago. But right now I’m committed to Milwaukee.”

For now, Kostas is set to compete for the team’s final two-way contract alongside guards Malcolm Hill and Carlik Jones. The Bulls already have one two-way contact locked in with rookie Justin Lewis, who has already been deemed out for the season with a torn ACL. Lewis sustained the injury during offseason workouts away from the team. 

With the Bulls’ need for size and length, specifically at the forward position, the training camp deal could make Kostas a player to watch heading forward.