Kostas Antetokounmpo returns to Lakers on 2-way contract
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:
Here’s the Lakers statement on bringing back Kostas Antetokounmpo on a 2-way pic.twitter.com/Jtln8k7l8m
— Bill Oram (@billoram) November 26, 2020
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.