Milwaukee Bucks sign Alex Antetokounmpo, but there’s a catch

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - FEBRUARY 18 (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - FEBRUARY 18 (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks recently put the finishing touches on their new roster by bringing in guard TyTy Washington, but they continue to load up ahead of training camp.

According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, the Bucks have signed Alex Antetokounmpo as well. However, with a full roster, the catch is that the team has also waived him. Per The Athletic’s beat writer Eric Nehm, this allows the team to “retain his G-League rights and makes Antetokounmpo eligible for a bonus worth up to $75K if he spends at least 60 days with the Herd.”

Milwaukee Bucks sign Alex Antetokounmpo, but there’s a catch

This news shouldn’t be too surprising. Antetokounmpo was a member of the Wisconsin Herd last season, and with the Bucks doing their best to bring in some youth, it makes sense that they will look to get some of their G-League players involved. Though they waived Antetokounmpo, they could still likely bring him aboard for training camp this year.

Of course, Antetokounmpo is also the brother of Giannis and Thanasis, who are also both Bucks. Perhaps the Bucks are trying to do their best to keep Giannis happy after some recent comments about him waiting to sign a contract extension came to light.

A good bit of Bucks fans think the team is going overboard with how much they are catering to Giannis by bringing in his family members. Truly, it’s nothing to fuss about. Thanasis is one of the end-of-the-bench players on a cheap deal, while this deal for Alex was to give him a nice bonus and retain his G-League rights.

If it keeps Giannis Antetokounmpo happy, it’s not too big of an issue. Still, even with this, it likely won’t change Giannis’ opinion about signing an extension, as it would make sense for him to ink his signature at a later date due to the financial figures.

Ultimately, this is a fine move. Alex will likely join the Bucks for camp and get some extra work in with two of his brothers. Once it concludes, he will likely head back to the Herd for the season to work on his game even further. There’s truly no harm in that at all.

It’ll be interesting to see what other tweaks the Milwaukee Bucks make to their training camp roster in the coming weeks.

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