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Lakers claim Giannis’ younger brother, Kostas

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim.

The Lakers announced the move Monday to acquire the 21-year-old brother of 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kostas Antetokounmpo played in two games last season for Dallas. The Mavericks acquired him in a draft-night trade last summer after Philadelphia chose him with the 60th and final pick. The 6-foot-10 forward played 40 games for the Mavs’ G League affiliate last year, when he averaged 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.

The Mavericks waived him Friday.

Antetokounmpo attended high school in suburban Milwaukee while his brother began his NBA career. He then spent two seasons at the University of Dayton.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s older brother, Thianis, signed with the Bucks this offseason. The 26-year-old joined Milwaukee on a guaranteed two-year, minimum contract after spending the past two seasons with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League, where he helped the team win two straight league titles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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