Raptors interested in claiming Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers
Per Eurohoops publishing manager Varlas Nikos, the Toronto Raptors have shown interest in claiming the recently waived Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers:
Sources telling @Eurohoopsnet that the NBA champions Toronto Raptors are planning to claim Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers
— Varlas Nikos (@nikosvarlas) July 19, 2019
Antetokounmpo was just waived by the Dallas Mavericks. In Dallas, Kostas spent most of his time playing in the G League on a two-way contract. He only played two games in the NBA, scoring two points, grabbing one rebound, and swiping two steals. Right now, his biggest claim to NBA fame is being the younger brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Obviously, Kostas doesn’t have much NBA experience, but the Raptors must see some potential in the 21-year-old. He boasts great size at 6’10 and some impressive athleticism. Perhaps the Raptors are taking a flyer on the younger Antetokounmpo in hopes that he can become even a poor man’s version of his older brother.
Right now, Toronto has plenty of depth at the forward spots. Pascal Siakam, who had a breakout season in 2018-19, is arguably their best player now. Serge Ibaka still has enough juice left in the tank to electrify crowds with his blocks and knock down face-up jumpers. The organization expects OG Anunoby to take a big leap this year after struggling with injuries last year.
The defending champs will take a shot on Antetokounmpo and hope he can develop into a useful young role player, and perhaps even see some time against his brother when the two powerhouses meet in the regular season.