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Kostas Papanikolaou | Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225

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Rockets sign F Kostas Papanikolaou.
It's a two-year deal worth $4.8 million in the first year and $4.6 million in the second year. Papanikolaou has some range as a shooter and he's 6'8", so he'll help the second unit on the wing. Trevor Ariza has been able to play big minutes lately, making Papanikolaou a player not worth watching in standard leagues just yet. Aug 11 - 10:33 AM

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The Rockets have reportedly struck a deal with Kostas Papanikolaou to bring him to the NBA.

Papanikolaou has played for the Greek National team, and European powerhouse Olympiakos, and he will now make the leap to the NBA. The deal is reportedly for two-years, with the second year being a team option. Kostas is a small forward with some decent size, but he's unlikely to become a rotation player during his first NBA season.
Aug 8 - 6:04 PM

FC Barcelona's Kostas Papanikolaou and the Rockets could not agree to terms on a contract and he will stay in Spain next season.

Papanikolaou and the Rockets were thought to be close on an agreement, but contract talks hit a snag and the Greek forward will not be making the leap to the NBA. Reports were that he was offered a 2-year deal worth between $4 and $5 million. The Rockets continually struck out this offseason, missing out on Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and losing Chandler Parsons. Now that the news has come out that Papanikolaou will be staying overseas, this may be another blow to their championship aspirations.
Jul 17 - 3:24 PM

The Houston Rockets are in talks to sign Kostas Papanikolaou.

The Rockets acquired Papanikolaou's rights in the Thomas Robinson trade with the Trail Blazers and are reportedly moving closer to inking the Greek forward to a two-year deal. The 22-year-old has played well with Olympiakos of the Greek League, but will need some seasoning in the NBA before he appears on fantasy owners' radars.
Jul 15 - 9:20 AM

Rockets draft pick Kostas Papanikolaou said that he may leave Greece for the NBA this summer, and he's willing to take less money in Houston.

"I will need a balanced combination between the contract I will be offered and my role in a NBA team, in order to sign there," said the 22-year-old forward. "I play in one of the best teams in Europe. I don’t want just to sign in the NBA without having a place in a team’s rotation. I don’t want something like a guarantee, I know how things work in the States. But I want to be sure that I will get an equal chance."
Source: EuroHoops
May 11 - 5:05 PM

The Rockets are not expected to sign or trade the draft rights to Kostas Papanikolaou.

He made an impact with Olympiakos overseas and and his name has popped up in a few smaller NBA deals over the years. Papanikolaou is still just 22 years old, but he won't be making an impact in the NBA just yet.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 02:40:00 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou's draft rights were traded from the Blazers to the Rockets as part of Sunday's deal for Thomas Robinson.

Papanikolaou, a 6'9" small forward, won "Rising Stars" honors in a featured role for Olympiakos in Greece last season. He simply wasn't part of the Blazers' plans and it's unclear if or when the Rockets intend to bring him to the NBA.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 08:50:00 PM

The Knicks have offered a future second-round pick and "future considerations" to the Blazers for the draft rights to Kostas Papanikolaou.

Like with all trade rumors, don't take it as fact. The Knicks drafted the small forward last June in the second round and traded him to Portland, but now apparently they're interested in bringing him back. The report cites sources as saying Papanikolaou is being shopped, but his agent already said that his client expected a trade.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 08:41:00 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou's agent expects the Blazers to trade his client.

"As of now, we don't have any sign that leads us to believe that Kostas will go to Portland," Sfairopoulos told "Therefore, we believe that he will not be in the plans of the organization next season and probably will be traded." He won the Rising Stars Trophy for 2012/13 while playing for Olympiacos, but it's not clear when or if he'll come to the NBA.
Thu, May 23, 2013 12:13:00 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou will decide between playing for Olympiacos in Europe or going to the NBA next season.

No other European team is in consideration for Papanikolaou, who won the Rising Star trophy in Europe this season. His rights were acquired by Portland in the Raymond Felton sign-and-trade deal.
Source: Sportando
Thu, May 16, 2013 09:16:00 AM

Knicks rookie Kostas Papanikolaou will be sent to the Trail Blazers as part of the five-player swap for Raymond Felton.

Papanikolaou will spend at least a few years overseas and isn't a near-term fantasy consideration.
Sun, Jul 15, 2012 04:04:00 PM

Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said he drafted Kostas Papanikolaou because of his potential.

Papanikolaou will be stashed overseas by the Knicks and does not hav ea buyout in his current contract until 2013. Grunwald stressed the importance of free agency to the Knicks as one reason the team went for an international prospect.
Source: Newsday
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 09:20:00 AM

The Knicks drafted Kostas Papanikolaou with the No. 48 pick in the 2012 draft.

The fans who stuck around for the pick were less than thrilled to hear the name of an obscure 6'9" SF who played in Greece last season. He's an aggressive, hard-working player with a sweet shot, but he lacks athleticism and quickness, which makes him a questionable defender. If he makes the team he'll be little more than a spot-shooter off the bench.
Thu, Jun 28, 2012 11:28:00 PM

Greek F Kostas Papanikolaou is drawing interest from both the Heat and Thunder in the first round of Thursday's draft.

Papanikolaou is seen as someone either team could stash overseas and wouldn't be forced to commit to this season.
Thu, Jun 28, 2012 10:39:00 AM

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