Lakers News: Kostas Antetkounmpo signs two-year contract with ASVEL
Kostas Antetokounmpo’s time with the Los Angeles Lakers is officially over. Friday, the French basketball club LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne ad that they signed Antetokounmpo for a two-year contract. Antetokounmpo was previously linked with Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens, two leading Greek basketball clubs.
Antetokounmpo, the # 60 choice in 2018 NBA Draft, saw his two-way contract claimed by the Lakers in 2019, when it was waived by the The Dallas Mavericks. At the time, this move was seen as a precursor to recruiting his older brother Giannis Antetokounmpo, and while that may have been partially true, they would have had interest in him as a prospect as well.
Unfortunately for Antetokounmpo, he was never able to find his place with the Lakers, in the G League or on the big stage. In his only season with the South Bay Lakers, Antetokounmpo posted respectable numbers (14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game), but it was clear he lacked the skills. necessary to contribute at the NBA level. As a result, Antetokounmpo only appeared in 20 games in his two seasons with the Lakers.
Antetokounmpo will have the chance to prove himself with a French first division basketball club which also plays in EuroLeague. He will join the old Phoenix Suns goalkeeper Elie Okobo, who also signed with ASVEL on Friday. Okobo was the No.31 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Maybe the Lakers will live to regret letting Antetokounmpo go, but right now there’s no reason to believe he’s on the verge of becoming a productive NBA player. Hopefully he has more success abroad.