Grading Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s compelling new deal with the Bucks

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 24 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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Last week the Milwaukee Bucks completed their 15-man roster by re-signing Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a one-year deal. Having been on the roster for four seasons, he has been an integral part of the locker room and was on the 2021 title-winning team.

The news wasn’t a shock to many with Giannis Antetokounmpo still on the roster. He hasn’t played a prominent role on the team, but in the locker room, he is a great presence, especially for his younger brother Giannis.

The financial aspect of Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

Per Spotrac, Thanasis has signed a one-year deal worth $2.34m. Being the 15th man on the roster means he is unlikely to see any more game time than last season, but keeping Giannis happy and motivated is a huge thing for Milwaukee. Some fans may dislike it and feel he is only on the roster because of Giannis, but he is still a solid basketball player capable of being in the NBA.

It was also vital for the Bucks to keep a hold of Thanasis as rumors circulated of teams looking to pick him up in order to draw Giannis to a new city in the next coming seasons. Not to say that Thanasis joining the New York Knicks would tempt Giannis away, but it was likely a recruitment tactic with reports of them monitoring his situation.

Overall the contract is fine and takes up very little cap, and if he plays, it will most likely be just garbage time minutes. This deal is much more of a benefit when it comes to familiarity and a positive presence in the locker room.