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Nuggets Waive Kostas Papanikolaou

SEPTEMBER 28TH, 7:52am: The move indeed took place Friday, according to the RealGM transactions log, though the team still hasn’t made an official announcement.

SEPTEMBER 25TH, 4:12pm: The Nuggets have waived Papanikolaou, Marc Stein of reports (Twitter link).

AUGUST 3RD, 8:01am: Papanikolaou’s camp is unaware of any pending waiver, according to Nikos Varlas of Denver’s plan is to keep him until the Eurobasket tournament begins in December, and evaluate him then, sources tell Varlas. Nuggets GM Tim Connelly and assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas are set to head to Europe to scout Papanikolaou and others.

AUGUST 2ND, 3:03pm: Papanikolaou is not being waived by the Nuggets at this time, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post tweets.

AUGUST 1ST, 2:30pm: The Nuggets will waive Kostas Papanikolaou, a source told David Pick of (Twitter link). His $4,797,664 deal was non-guaranteed.

Papanikolaou played for the Rockets last season and was traded to Denver as part of the Ty Lawson swap last month. Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson and a protected 2016 first-round pick were also forwarded to the Nuggets in the deal. Houston exercised its option on Papanikolaou in June and his salary would have been guaranteed if he remained on Denver’s roster past October 4th.

With plenty of other forward options, the Nuggets had no intention of keeping Papanikolaou and wanted his non-guaranteed contract in order to shed salary.

The 6’9” forward was a regular part of the Rockets’ rotation during the first half of the 2014/15 season, but the acquisition of Josh Smith cut into the 24-year-old’s minutes and he also battled an ankle injury. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game before Smith joined the team and 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG and just 12.1 MPG in 21 appearances afterward.

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13 thoughts on “Nuggets Waive Kostas Papanikolaou

  1. James McQueen III

    Sixers!!!!! Pay attention!!!

    • Dana Gauruder

      Somebody will pick him up. Might be a good fit in Philly. Also have to wonder if he’ll pursue opportunities overseas.

      • James McQueen III

        True but we need floor spacers to open room for Okahfor

        • Dana Gauruder

          That’s one of his drawbacks — shot below 30 percent from long range last season.

          • Ilias Ele

            He is a good shooter from outside.Don’t look at his stat in stacked Houston lineup full of shooters.2 years before coming to the NBA he maintained a 67 percent from long range on Euroleague duting the top 16

          • Dana Gauruder

            Perhaps with a better point guard and a coach who values his perimeter shooting, he can show that.

  2. jason

    lakers should definitely give this a shot

    • Dana Gauruder

      He was having a pretty solid season until the Rockets brought in Smith and then injuries sidelined him.

  3. aarongill

    Come on,lakers get him

  4. Jay C

    Los Angeles Lakers need a legitimate SF. Here comes Papanikolaou to fill the void… C’mon Mitch… Sign Kostas…

  5. Jay C

    Los Angeles Lakers Rotation
    Starting Unit
    C Roy Hibbert
    PF Julius Randle
    SF Kostas Papanikolaou
    SG Kobe Bryant
    PG D’Angelo Russell

    Second Unit
    C Robert Upshaw
    PF Brandon Bass
    SF Metta World Peace
    SG Lou Williams
    PG Jordan Clarkson
    PF/SF Larry Nance Jr
    PG Marcelas Huertas

    D League Potential
    PF/C Tarik Black
    SF Anthony Brown
    PF/SF Jonathan Holmes

    • Dana Gauruder

      Interesting thought but I anticipate the Clarkson will start at SG with Kobe moving to SF.

      • Jay C

        Interesting point Dana…. TBH I would hate to see Kobe log minutes at the 3 position… He’s a bona-fide 2Guard… Playing him out of position will hurt the team in the long run, hence IMO why it is important for the Lakers to make a play for Harrison Barnes or Kostas Papanikolaou….

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