Los Angeles Lakers center Kostas Antetokounmpo appears to be opting for a move away from the NBA. According to multiple reports from Europe, the 23-year old is poised to sign a four year deal with Olympiacos in his native Greece.
Antetokounmpo is still technically under contract with the Lakers until free agency begins in August.
Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, spent three seasons in the NBA, the last two as a two-way player for the Lakers. He appeared in just 20 games for the main squad over those two seasons, mainly spending his time with the South Bay Lakers in the G League alongside his fellow frontcourt members Devontae Cacok.
Still, Antetokounmpo was in the bubble alongside his Lakers teammates as they won the championship last season, an experience he will surely cherish for the rest of his career.
With a lack of opportunity, it seems likely that the younger Antetokounmpo’s career in the NBA has likely come to an end. Though it’s possible that another team will come calling depending on how performance in Europe, the long contract length may indicate that he is planning on staying overseas for the foreseeable future.
While Lakers fans did not come to learn much about Kostas in his short time in Los Angeles, he’ll always be remembered as a member of perhaps the most unique NBA championship of all time.