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Kostas Antetokounmpo returns to Lakers on 2-way contract

Kostas Antetokounmpo, Lakers, Giannis Antetokounmpo

After emerging as one of the NBA offseason’s biggest winners, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to fill out the rest of their roster as they look to repeat as champions. One of those roster spots will be filled by a familiar face, as the Lakers will bring back forward Kostas Antetokounmpo on a two-way contract.

The Lakers announced the signing on Thanksgiving:

Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of two-time NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo, also had a two-way contract with the Lakers last season.

In 38 games for the South Bay Lakers, Kostas averaged 14.1 points on 62.3% shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks, with 10 double-doubles and 33 games where he finished in double figures. The 23-year-old, meanwhile, averaged 4.0 minutes in five games for the Lakers last season, averaging 1.4 points on his way to winning his first championship.

The younger Antetokounmpo was drafted with the 60th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018 NBA Draft before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks. After playing one season for the Mavericks and their G League affiliate, the Texas Legends, Antetokounmpo was waived by the team before he was picked off waivers by the Lakers last offseason.

At the very least, Antetokoumnpo’s return to Los Angeles means that Giannis will have another chance to troll his younger brother, especially if he ends up winning another title.