Agent: Antetokounmpo wants spot on Knicks

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Thanasis Antetokounmpo's agent says his client isn't interested in spending another season in the D-League.

"Doing the same thing like last year, I don't think is an option for Thanasis at the moment," Antetokounmpo's agent, Tim Lotsos, said in a phone interview with ESPN.com on Thursday. "He played in the D-League two full seasons, he has gained a lot and it's the moment for him to take the next step and sign a contract with an NBA team."

Antetokounmpo played last season for the Knicks' D-League team in Westchester and spent the previous season with the Delaware 87ers. He is looking for a spot on the Knicks roster for 2015-16.

"Our first goal is the NBA, clearly. But you never know. You've always got to have a plan B," Lotsos said.

Plan B for Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-7 small forward, would be to spend 2015-16 playing overseas.

Antetokounmpo turned down a two-year, $550,000 deal overseas last summer to play for the Knicks' D-League team, which paid him $25,000.

The Knicks hold Antetokounmpo's rights because they selected him with the 51st pick in the 2014 NBA draft. They would remain in possession of his rights if he played overseas this season. But having Antetokounmpo playing for the Knicks coaching staff -- whether it's in the D-League or the NBA -- seems to be crucial if New York wants to continue to develop the 22-year-old.

Lotsos and the Knicks are expected to talk about Antetokoumnpo's future sometime after the conclusion of summer league play in late July.

Lotsos says Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, would be fine playing in the D-League next season as long he has a spot on the 15-man roster.

"If he's under contract with the team and the team decides to play him in the D-League a little bit, that's not an issue," Lotsos said.

Antetokounmpo is one of several players the Knicks are considering for their final four roster spots.

Ricky Ledo, a shooting guard signed to a partially guaranteed contract, is also under consideration.

The Knicks have also been in touch with free agents Cole Aldrich, Alexey Shved and Lou Amundson, league sources said. All three players spent time with the Knicks last season.

It is unclear at this point if the Knicks have any room under the cap to spend on free agents. They have, at least, a $2.8 million exception to use and can also offer players veteran's minimum contracts.

New York, according to sources, offered Shved a contract earlier in free agency worth near the veteran's minimum that he turned down. Shved has also turned down offers from at least two other teams for minimum contracts.

Zinger debut: Rookie Kristaps Porzingis is expected to make his Summer League debut on Saturday afternoon against the San Antonio Spurs. Porzingis is battling some moderate hip tightness but believes he will play.

The game on Saturday (4:30 p.m.), as well as all other Knicks' summer league games, will be televised locally on MSG Networks.