The Milwaukee Bucks are closing in to sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, according to reports in the Greek press on Thursday.
Greek publication Gazzetta reported that the Bucks and the elder Antetokounmpo were in advanced talks on an agreement.
However, reports from the U.S. suggest that nothing has yet been agreed. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Bucks beat reporter for the Journal Sentinel wrote on twitter that “there is nothing at place right now. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, just that it’s not a thing at this particular moment.”
Saw the report about Thanasis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Followed up on it. Word I got was there’s nothing in place — let alone agreed upon — right now. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, just that it’s not a thing at this particular moment in time.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) July 5, 2019
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 26, was drafted by the New York Knicks with the 51st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-7 forward only appeared in two games and six total minutes for the Knicks during the 2014-15 NBA season before phasing out of the league. He frequently competed for New York’s G League affiliate team, the Westchester Knicks. He was last associated with the NBA or G League in 2016.
Since then, Thanasis has played professionally in Spain and Greece for champions Panathinaikos.
The youngest Antetokounmpo brother, Kostas, was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the final pick in the 2018 draft. Philly sent Kostas to the Dallas Mavericks where he’d sign a two-way contract and spend most of his time with the Texas Legends in the G League.