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Thanasis Antetokounmpo picks up $1.9 million option to stay with Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics - Game One

BOSTON, MA - MAY 01 Thanasis Antetokounmpo #43 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts after his brother Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks a ball during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 1, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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Antetokounmpo is staying with the Bucks.

We’re not talking Giannis Antetokounmpo — he’s not leaving Milwaukee either, but that was never in question. However, his brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo had a decision to make and, as expected, decided to opt into his $1.9 million to stay with the team, reports Michael Scotto at Hoopshype.

After the Bucks won the title, Thanasis — the older brother of Giannis — signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the team. After this coming season, the Bucks will have his full Bird rights and could pay him more to keep Giannis happy.

Thanasis is an end-of-the-bench role player who got in 48 games last season averaging 3.6 points a night. His real value is as an emotional leader on the bench — he probably yells at the referees more than Mike Budenholzer — and he keeps Giannis happy. It’s money well spent by the Bucks to keep him happy.

Milwaukee has much bigger offseason moves to make, starting with re-signing Bobby Portis, who has earned himself a raise. Pat Connaughton can opt-out and get a new deal as well. Also, Khris Middleton is extension eligible if the Bucks want to lock up the Olympian for longer.