Los Angeles Lakers newcomer Kostas Antetokounmpo was the recent recipient of some unwanted news, after it was announced that he was cut from Greece’s FIBA World Cup roster.
According to John Askounis of EuroHoops, Antetokounmpo was one of two players that are no longer in contention to make the national side’s final roster. The current team still has 14 players on the squad, which means that two more guys will be cut within the next few days as Greece rounds out its final 12-man roster before the prestigious international competition kicks off.
Kostas’ two older brothers, Thanasis and Milwaukee Buckes reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, are still with the team, and are fully expected to make the final cut.
Last season, Kostas played only two games with the Dallas Mavericks last season, averaging just 5.5 minutes of action. Nevertheless, the Lakers front office appears to have seen something in the 21-year-old, as they decided to recently sign him on a two-way deal.
There are more than a few people who believe that Kostas does not fit the mold of an NBA-level player, which has led some to believe that this move by the Lakers was geared more towards a long-term investment as opposed to actually requiring the services of the 6-foot-10 power forward.
Giannis’ current deal with Milwaukee will end by the 2020-21 season, which could potentially make him the biggest free agent in what should be another crazy summer. Maybe the Lakers are already thinking that far ahead, and with Kostas in the picture, this might just be a useful asset L.A. will possess as they enter a potential Giannis free-for-all sweepstakes two years from now.