Giannis Antetokounmpo (still) expected to join Bucks for Vegas Summer League

Mike Stobe

The 19-year-old could have joined the Greek U20 team in July, but is instead expected to split his summer between the Bucks' summer league squad in July and the Greek senior national team in late July and August.

We've seen numerous indications from the Bucks that Giannis Antetokounmpo would likely join them for Vegas Summer League in July, and Monday brought additional confirmation that the 19-year-old phenom would split his summer between the Bucks in July and the senior Greek national team thereafter. From Eurohoops (via Matt Moore/CBS Sports):

The Greek forward will not be a member of the Greek U20 national team in the upcoming Eurobasket, which will be held at the island of Crete between 8 and 20 of July, in order to play in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Bucks at the 11th of July.

After that, the "Greek freak" will return to Greece and will take part in the training camp of the senior Greek national team which will compete in the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain. Antetokounmpo will have to fight for a place in the final roster and his performance during the camp, which will be held at Karpenisi, Greece, will decide his fate.

Back in February Giannis had indicated his interest in repping Greece at both the U20s and FIBA World Cup, but over the past month the Bucks have made numerous references to having Giannis with them in Vegas. And with good reason: Giannis has room to improve in every phase of the game, and with apologies to our Greek friends, there's simply no substitute for working out with the Bucks' coaching staff and getting additional reps in Vegas. Fortunately, his participation in Vegas wouldn't preclude him from a shot at the Greek senior national team, which will open its training camp in late July and kick off its FIBA World Cup campaign in Spain at the end of August. Everyone wins, right?

Aside from Giannis, the Vegas Bucks should be well-stocked in terms of young talent with point guard Nate Wolters, former D-League swingman Chris Wright and whomever they select in the June 26 NBA Draft also expected to take part. Aside from the #2 overall pick--i.e. the guy we'll be most eager to see in Vegas--Milwaukee also holds the 31st, 36th and 48th picks, though the Bucks would seem unlikely to keep all three of their second rounders. While plenty could change over the course of the summer, the Bucks would seem to have 12 roster spots seemingly locked up (11 veterans plus the #2 overall pick), with Wright's non-guaranteed deal possibly making it 13 if he were to survive camp.

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