Kostas Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s younger brother, has signed a two-way contract with Chicago Bulls on Friday.
The Chicago Bulls announced Antetokounmpo, 24, will join University of Illinois product Malcolm Hill as the second Bulls’ two-way player.
As a player for the Bull’s, Antetokounmpo would join the ranks of some of the top players in NBA history. This includes the likes of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, both highly successful and popular members of the team.
Kostas to split time between NBA and G League
Signing with the Chicago Bulls is a big step for the younger Antetokounmpo. According to a Bull’s spokesperson Justin Lewis, who previously signed to a two-way contract before needing surgery in August to repair a significant ACL injury in his right knee, will remain around the team to rehabilitate his injury.
During an interview earlier in training camp, Antetokounmpo said, “For sure I’m a defensive player, able to guard multiple positions and switch 1 through 5 (point guard through center).”
“And then offensively, I space the floor and run the floor too. I definitely want to improve on my outside shooting and my playmaking in general.” He added.
Antetokounmpo can split time between the NBA and Windy City Bulls of the G League. It would be a move similar to that of George Hill of the Milwaukee Bucks. Hill averaged 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and shot 32.3 percent from 3-point range across 16 games with the Chicago Bulls last season.
Both Antetokounmpo and Hill, who will not be eligible for postseason play, can appear in a maximum of 50 regular-season games.
Both Kostas and Giannis playing for the Chicago Bulls?
Giannis Antetokounmpo raised astonished NBA fans this offseason when he more politely than realistically answered a hypothetical question about possibly playing for the Bulls one day.
“I think anybody you ask that question that plays basketball, if he said no, he would be a liar,” Antetokounmpo said in August.
“It’s (the Bulls) a team that won multiple championships. It’s a team that one of the greatest players — if not the greatest player — to ever play this game played for. So it’s a no-brainer. Everybody would love to play for Chicago.”
“Down the line, you never know. You never know how life brings it. Maybe I’ll play for Chicago. But right now, I’m committed to Milwaukee.” He added.
Giannis signed a supermax contract with the Milwaukee Bucks through 2026. He is therefore fully committed to the the now perennial NBA title contender. Thus, his signing to the Bulls is a pipe dream at the moment..
Yet the Kostas’ two-way deal with Chicago bulls is now a reality. Indeed, it represents an opportunity he always wanted and actually ceased.
Last season, Kostas Antetokounmpo played in French basketball with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne.