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New York Knicks’ Thanasis Antetokounmpo Bound for Europe

July 9th, 2014 at 8:52 PM
By Matt Agne

Thanasis Antetokounmpo was drafted by the New York Knicks with the number 51 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He's scheduled to play on the Knicks’ summer league team. However, the Knicks are plan on sending Antetokounmpo to Europe next season.

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2009, Mike - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Thanasis Antetokounmpo spent last season playing in the NBA’s D-League. He impressed the New York Knicks enough to get drafted in the second round and will soon suit up for their summer league squad. However, he doesn't seem to be in the Knicks plans for next season.

Antetokounmpo was selected by the Knicks with the 51st pick. That's one of the picks acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the trade that sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Texas.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reports the Knicks plan to stash Antetokounmpo overseas next season.

Greece’s Thanasis Antetokounmpo will be able to show his skills when the Knicks open their Las Vegas Summer League schedule Friday, but The Post has learned it is expected to be the last American venue for their second-round selection for a while.

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.

Thanasis is the brother of Milwaukee Bucks' stud Giannis Antetokounmpo who is called “The Greek Freak.” It's unknown where Antetokounmpo will play in Europe next season but Greece is certainly a possibility.

He appears to have an NBA-ready defensive skills but it's probably best if he goes overseas for more seasoning. Stashing him in Europe would also allow the team to keep him without using one of their roster spots. That's probably the best option for both Thansis and the Knicks at this point.

Hopefully the Knicks will find him a deal where in a year he can return to the NBA and join their roster. Usually it takes a buy out but maybe they can get him a one year deal so he can join the Knicks after next season when they gain a lot of cap space and roster flexibility. 

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Tags: Basketball, Dallas Mavericks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Raymond Felton, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Tyson Chandler

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