After walking into training camp with one remaining two-way contract still available, the Chicago Bulls have officially added Kostas Antetokounmpo to the roster.
The team announced the signing via social media on Friday:
The brother of Bucks’ superstar Giannis, the Bulls were evaluating Kostas alongside training camp invites Malcolm Hill, Javon Freeman-Liberty, and Carlik Jones for the two-way spot. Undrafted free agent Justin Lewis, who tore his ACL earlier this offseason, had already claimed the other contract.
While Kostas only appeared in two of the Bulls’ four preseason games and clocked a total of 12 minutes, it’s clear he left a positive impression on this front office. I can’t help but imagine it was his raw athleticism and defensive upside that gave him the edge over his training camp competitors. At 6-foot-10, the 24-year-old offers the Bulls some additional size and versatility in the frontcourt. He also provides some NBA experience – albeit limited – thanks to stints with both the Lakers (who he, technically, won a ring with) and the Dallas Mavericks.
Of course, we can’t expect Kostas to have much of a role this season. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a worthwhile signing! The goal is to use these two-way spots as a way to further evaluate and develop talent. Considering Kostas offers some intriguing potential in a position of need, he feels like a gamble worth taking.
Not to mention, it wasn’t that long ago that Giannis (shockingly) told reporters that he would consider playing in Chicago. Perhaps signing his brother is a way to speed up that trade request (I’m totally kidding … please don’t take that seriously)!