Veteran NBA center Kosta Koufos has reached a contract agreement with defending EuroLeague champions CSKA Moscow, league sources tell Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). According to Haynes, the deal will make Koufos the highest-paid American player in Europe next season.
Sources tell Haynes (Twitter link) that Koufos’ new deal will be worth $6MM over two years. It will also have an NBA out, in the event that the big man decides to return stateside for the 2020/21 season.
Koufos, 30, spent the last four seasons with the Kings, who were said to have some interest in re-signing him. However, after averaging about 19-20 minutes per game in his first three years in Sacramento, the former first-round pick saw his role cut back in 2018/19 as the club focused on developing younger players.
In 42 games (12.0 MPG) last season, Koufos recorded 3.7 PPG and 4.2 RPG. He has posted career marks of 5.7 PPG and 5.0 RPG in 686 total regular season contests for the Jazz, Timberwolves, Nuggets, Grizzlies, and Kings.
CSKA Moscow was also rumored to be nearing a deal with former No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender earlier this week. It’s not clear if the team’s new deal with Koufos will have any impact on Bender’s situation, or if both players will ultimately join the Russian club.