His brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, is 6-7 wing and a "star" only on the D league level ... Nevertheless Dallas is interested in "Greek Freak 2."
"We are talking," Nelson tells DB.com in an exclusive visit. "But he's got a lot of options right now."
What the Mavs are talking to Thanasis about at this moment is the possibility of him attending the teams veteran free-agent pre-draft camp in Dallas next week. But not only are there other NBA team extending the same invitation but also Antonopoulos has ties to the Greek national team, for which he and his brother are both planning to participate.
The Olympic Qualifying Tournament is in Turin, and begins on July 3. That makes for a tight schedule – and all those "options."
Thanasis received a 10-day contract at the end of last season and appeared briefly for the Knicks, who selected him in the second round of the 2014 Draft. But while the Westchester Knicks used (and continue to use) Thanasis in all of its marketing campaigns, there are not necessarily New York ties there anymore; in fact Westchester's inaugural team president was Bill Boyce, who used to be the team president of the Legends and is one of Donnie's dearest friends ... So the ties and the connections all cross.