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Thanasis Antetokounmpo - Milwaukee Bucks (Eventually)

More than any other year since this tradition began, the Bucks re-signing Thanasis Antetokounmpo seems to be in jeopardy. It's not because he's not good enough to make a team or that he rubbed someone the wrong way; it's mostly because he's currently not healthy and won't be for the foreseeable future.

Shortly after Milwaukee's season ended, it was announced that Thanasis had suffered a torn Achilles, one of the most devastating injuries in all of sports. The timetable on these injuries can be muddy, but they typically take close to a year. Still, per Harris Stavrou of SPORT24, Antetokounmpo is aiming for a return to action in six months.

Given the fact that he's going to be unable to play for the next six months and maybe more, the Bucks could very well opt not to sign Thanasis and have him take up a useable roster spot, instead allowing him to rehab back to full health. However, whenever he gets cleared to return to basketball activities, perhaps they could then pick him up. That would make sense to keep roster flexibility for now.

The only potential roadblock in that line of thinking is wondering if a team would be willing to pick him up despite the injury. Last off-season, the New York Knicks were a legitimate suitor for the forward, seemingly trying to get Thanasis to potentially entice Giannis Antetokounmpo. With Giannis having signed an extension last off-season, it's unlikely a team would now do that, but it's not impossible.

For now, Thanasis must focus on rehabbing.