New York Knicks’ second-round pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo has been mulling offers from teams in Europe as well as a potential return to the NBA D-League, but it appears he is leaning towards the latter.
Antetokounmpo has decided to turn down all the offers he has received from European teams, and intends to attend training camp with the Knicks, reports Enea Trapani of Sportando.
That doesn’t mean the Knicks will sign the No. 51 overall pick this season though as it is still highly unlikely.
The Knicks roster is full with 15 players and unless some unexpected moves are made in the upcoming weeks, the Knicks won’t have room for Antetokounmpo, although ideally they wouldn’t want to sign him now anyways so they could give him another year to develop.
Last year with the Delaware 87ers, Antetokounmpo averaged 12 points, four rebounds and two assists per game, shooting 47 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the 3-point line.
He is expected to be an asset on the defensive end of the floor, but his offensive game still needs a great deal of time to develop.
If he goes to Europe, he could get paid a much higher salary and get better experience.
But the Knicks might prefer him to be with its D-League affiliate in Westchester. That way they could monitor his development better.
New D-League rules this year allow teams to keep the D-League rights to their draft picks, even if they don’t sign them to NBA contracts. Last year he would have been subject to the D-League draft.
So while Antetokounmpo likely won’t be in a Knicks uniform this season, it does look like everyone will get a good look at him in training camp.