Photo Credit: UCAM Murcia (2020)
The Toronto Raptors are reportedly planning to sign undrafted free-agent forward Alex Antetokounmpo to a contract, sources tell The Raptors Insider and TotalBasket’s Christos Harpidis.
The announcement was first made in Greek news outlet Ethnos, and while confirmation from the team and Antetokounmpo’s agent Alex Saratsis is still pending, it sounds as though the Raptors will land the young forward. Harpidis was the first to discover and report the news, and he shared with The Raptors Insider that the announcement could be made within a few days.
Antetokounmpo, the 20-year old Nigerian-Greek, is the youngest brother of Milwaukee Bucks forwards Giannis and Thanasis, as well as Kostas, who signed a two-year deal with French club LDLC ASVEL of the EuroLeague. Alex spent the 2020-21 season with UCAM Murcia of the Spanish ACB league, and after he went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft, he spent Las Vegas Summer League with the champion Sacramento Kings.
The deal is likely to be an Exhibit 10 contract, which is a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the option to either convert to a two-way contract, or bring a player onto their G League team. The latter is more likely to occur, as the Raptors have already occupied their two-way contract slots with rookies David Johnson and Justin Champagnie. However, this would be a way to bring Antetokounmpo over to the Raptors 905 for their upcoming season, and ultimately into the Raptors’ development program as a whole.
Raptors President and Vice Chairman Masai Ujiri has a long-standing history with the Antetokounmpo family. He helped move the Antetokounmpos from Nigeria to Greece, and Ujiri has not-so-secretly coveted Giannis, even dating back to the 2013 NBA Draft, and again when he was thought to be heading towards unrestricted free agency. Giannis ultimately signed a five-year extension with the Bucks, and the team won the NBA championship back in July.
For Antetokounmpo, this is a reunion with a familiar face and the opportunity to truly craft his game in an elite player development system. For the Raptors, they are taking a chance on a serious talent that fits their mold to a tee: he is a 6-foot-8 forward with a monstrous 7-foot-2 wingspan, and has strong defensive instincts already.
After all, his brother Giannis did state that Alex could perhaps be the best of all the brothers. The Raptors certainly hope he can be.