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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother makes final decision on Lakers, NBA future

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kostas Antetokonmpo, Giannis’ younger brother, has finally made a decision on his future with the Lakers and the NBA. As of earlier this week, the 23-year-old is officially taking his talents to France as he joins LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on a two-year deal.

Kostas was initially linked to a possible return to his homeland as he was poised to sign a four-year contract with Olympiacos BS in Greece. But it seems that Kostas’ plane from LAX took a slight detour and will be landing in Lyon, France. He will join another former NBA champion in Tony Parker, who is currently the team’s majority owner.

The young, athletic forward is coming off a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. After being picked up as the 60th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Kostas has never really found his footing in the NBA and was in and out of the G League for both the Texas Legends and, more recently, the South Bay Lakers. He did end up putting up decent numbers in his lone season with the South Bay Lakers, averaging 14.1 points alongside 7.9 rebounds per game in 38 games.

More notably, Kostas played five games for the Lakers in the 2019-2020 NBA season and earned himself a shiny championship ring, being the first Antetokounmpo brother to win a title. He is now hoping to bring all this NBA experience all the way to France as he joins former Phoenix Suns guard Elie Okobo, who also just signed with the club as well as a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, Norris Cole.