NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls Eyeing Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Signs Isaiah Canaan
The Chicago Bulls are reportedly interested in signing Thanasis Antetokounmpo. The team also inked a deal with free agent point guard Isaiah Canaan.Advertisement
Thanasis is the older brother of Milwaukee Bucks rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo and is sometimes referred to as Greek Freak 2. The eldest of the Greek Freaks was selected 51st by the New York Knicks during the 2014 NBA Draft. He only played six minutes in the NBA before being relegated to the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League.
Thanasis averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 141 games. He was also named to the 2015 NBA D-League All-Defensive second team together with Sim Bhullar, Tim Frazier, Eric Griffin and Joe Jackson.
Pippen Ain’t Easy noted that Giannis still has the most upside among the three Antetokounmpo brothers. That’s not a knock against Thanasis, who has the potential of being a reliable defensive stopper in the NBA.
The Bulls defense will benefit from his youth and athleticism on the perimeter. Additionally, his experience in the D-League will come in handy, as the Bulls will soon have their own developmental team known as the Windy City Bulls.
It’s still not clear whether the Bulls are serious about pursuing Thanasis. The 6-foot-7 forward has also received interest from the Dallas Mavericks. What is certain this week is that the Bulls have struck a deal with pocket rocket Isaiah Canaan.
Blog A Bull reported that Canaan’s two-year deal is worth $2 million. He is expected to be the team’s third-string point guard behind Rajon Rando and sophomore Jerian Grant.
Canaan is a solid 36 percent shooter from the three-point line and makes 40 percent of his catch and shoot attempts but is not known for his ability to distribute the leather.
According to Liberty Ballers, Canaan has trouble keeping his dribble and is ineffective in driving through the lane. His unreliable dribbling is the reason why he takes so much catch and shoot shots. The Bulls will likely try to hide his deficiencies by playing him at shooting guard in key stretches.