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Report: Milwaukee Bucks In Negotiations To Sign Giannis' Brother

Report: Milwaukee Bucks In Negotiations To Sign Giannis' Brother

Thanasis Antetokounmpo is negotiating with the Milwaukee Bucks and could join his younger brother Giannis, the NBA regular-season MVP, on the team, a European basketball website reported Sunday.

Eurohoops are reporting that Thanasis was finalising a two-year deal which would give the Bucks two pairs of brothers: Thanasis and Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook and Robin Lopez.

It is expected that his contract would be in the neighbourhood of $3 million.

Thanasis, 26, played the last two seasons with Athens club Panathinaikos but refused to sign a new contract.

It will be the second time that Thanasis tries his luck in the NBA. In 2014 he was drafted by the New York Knicks and spent two seasons with the club playing in the G-League, the NBA's minor league.

He signed with Panathinaikos in 2016 and the forward played in 62 EuroLeague games averaging 3.9 points and two rebounds.

A third brother Kostas, 21, is a power forward for the Dallas Mavericks. All three brothers were named earlier this month on the Greece squad for the 2019 World Cup in China.

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The oldest of the five, Francis, is a professional footballer.

The youngest brother Alexis is playing basketball at high school in Milwaukee and tipped by Giannis to be the best of the lot.

Giannis has developed into an incredible player over the past number of years, culminating in his first MVP for the 18/19 season. He led the Bucks to the best regular season record in the NBA, but would fall to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals.

They will enter next season as the prohibitive favourites in the east, especially with Kawhi Leonard headed to the LA Clippers.

In this era of increased player mobility, keeping the 'Greek Freak' happy will be the Bucks' main priority. Signing his brother is certainly one way to do that.

© Agence France-Presse

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