Report: New York Knicks plan to stash Thanasis Antetokounmpo in Europe

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

New York Knicks rookie forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo will play with the Knicks' Summer League team in Las Vegas starting Friday, but he could be headed to Europe after that, according to a report from the New York Post

The Knicks drafted the 21-year-old Antetokounmpo with the 51st overall pick in last month's draft, a pick acquired in the Tyson Chandler trade. Antetokoumpo's younger brother, Giannis "The Greek Freak" was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the lottery in the 2013 draft. Thanasis, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward hybrid played last season with the Delaware 87ers in the NBA's D-League, averaging 12.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. 

More from the Post report

According to an NBA source, the Knicks drafted him with plans of stashing him in Europe for one season, even if he has a solid summer league showing. Antetokounmpo could have other ideas, and the Knicks claim officially no decision has been made yet. The Knicks have their first summer-league practice Tuesday in Las Vegas.

The Post reported last week that a Greek team was interested in signing Antetokounmpo for the season. 

- Alex Hampl

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