Raptors Rumors: Toronto Plans to Claim Giannis' Brother Kostas off Waivers

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 10: Kostas Antetokounmpo of the Dallas Mavericks looks on in the Nike Zoom Freak 1 shoes against Croatia during the 2019 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 10, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Raptors are reportedly planning to claim forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, off waivers from the Dallas Mavericks.

Varlas Nikos of EuroHoops reported the update Friday.

Antetokounmpo was selected with the final pick (No. 60 overall) of the 2018 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, who traded him to the Mavs.

The 21-year-old Athens native made two appearances for Dallas while on a two-way contract. He averaged 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 52.2 percent from the field across 40 games for the G League's Texas Legends.

Last July, he spoke with Justin Tinsley of The Undefeated about his sibling rivalry with Giannis and his other older brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who recently joined the Bucks.

"I told [Giannis] I'm gonna try to bust his ass," Antetokounmpo said with a laugh. "I say that to all my brothers. We always say, if we play against each other, the only thing we'll do is maybe let them score one time. Then after that, I'm locking him up."

The Raptors already feature a crowded froncourt rotation led by Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, which doesn't leave much path to playing time for Kostas.

He'll likely split time between the NBA and G League if he sticks with Toronto after training camp.

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