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Kostas Papanikolaou | Forward

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
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The Rockets traded Kostas Papanikolaou to the Nuggets as part of Sunday's deal for Ty Lawson.
Denver also gets a 2016 first-round pick, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey and Nick Johnson in the deal, while the Rockets get back a 2017 second-rounder. Papanikolaou's salary isn't guaranteed until Oct. 4 so the Nuggets have the option to waive him, but they'll likely keep him to help back up the forward spots. His fantasy value is marginally better in Denver but he's still not a player to target on draft day. Jul 19 - 9:38 PM

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The Rockets have picked up their team option on Kostas Papanikolaou.

His contract is non-guaranteed until Oct. 4, so this transaction really isn't big news. Papanikolaou did get some playing time while the Rockets were shorthanded, but he's not likely going to get minutes out of the gate next season. He might not even make the team.
Jun 24 - 5:16 PM

The Rockets have not yet made a decision on whether or not they will pick up their team option on Kostas Papanikolaou this offseason.

This report contradicts an earlier report that stated the Rockets would pick up Papanikolaou's option worth $4.8 million for the 2015-16 season, but they have until June 29 to make an official decision. Kostas was unable to crack the rotation once Josh Smith arrived in Houston, and after posting averages of just 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds during the 2014-15 season, he's not going to be a relevant name in fantasy hoops next season as long as he remains in Houston.
Jun 21 - 5:23 PM

The Rockets will reportedly pick up their team option on Kostas Papanikolaou worth $4.8 million for the 2015-16 season.

Papanikolaou wasn't a major factor for the Rockets this season as he averaged just 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds on 35.0 percent shooting through 18.5 minutes of action. It'll be interesting if they decide to retain him, but his fantasy value is right around zero in Houston. His contract won't become guaranteed until October 4, so perhaps they use his non-guaranteed deal as a trade chip in future negotiations.
Jun 12 - 1:02 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou is hopeful that he will be able to play in the NBA next season.

Houston holds a $4.8 million player option on him for next season, but it doesn't seem likely that they would retain him for that price. Papanikolaou made just four appearances after the All-Star break due to a nagging ankle injury and wasn't able to get back into the rotation after Josh Smith arrived, so it looks like his time in Houston could be nearing an end. Papanikolaou will listen to all offers if Houston declines his option, but returning to Europe isn't on his mind just yet.
Source: EuroHoops
May 30 - 12:21 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) is probable to play Friday vs. the Spurs.

Papanikolaou only logged six minutes in his return to action on Wednesday, so there's no reason to own him in any league.
Apr 10 - 11:45 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou played six minutes in his return to the lineup on Wednesday with two rebounds and one turnover.

He didn't take any shots tonight. Papanikolaou checked in for garbage time, so he's not going to be in the rotation right now. If the Rockets do wind up missing another player in the frontcourt he could get some run. The Rockets have a back-to-back on Sunday and Monday, so expect Papa to get minutes in one of those games.
Apr 9 - 12:29 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) went through shootaround but is still considered questionable to play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

He has been on the shelf since Feb. 21, so there are no guarantees that Papanikolaou will be in the rotation at all if he is cleared to play. We will let you know if he is activated in advance of tonight's game, but he belongs on the wire in just about all leagues.
Apr 8 - 1:41 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) went through a full practice on Tuesday, and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

Papnikolaou has been sidelined since Feb 21, so even if he is able to play, he'll more than likely have a minutes limit. There are also no guarantees he even leaves the bench with Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones, and Josh Smith all healthy and ahead of him in the rotation. In other words, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues regardless of his playing status.
Apr 7 - 3:06 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) is progressing well and is hoping to return to action next week.

"I am pretty close," Papanikolaou said. "I am feeling pretty good. Great job by the training staff, great communication, great work. I hope by the end of next week, I will be back and I can’t wait." It's great to see Papanikolaou close to returning, but the Rockets will likely ease him back into action and he may not be in the rotation at all. Leave him on the wire.
Apr 5 - 11:08 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will be out 7-10 days.

He has been out for since Feb. 21 and the Rockets could really use him tonight with so many injuries to the power forward spot. Papanikolaou can be kept on the wire.
Mar 27 - 6:30 PM

Kostas Papanikalaou (ankle) will not play Friday.

Papanikalaou has been sidelined since Feb. 21, and there's absolutely no reason to own him in any league. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 26 - 2:49 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) remains out of action and without a timetable to return.

Papas has been out for over a month and there remains no timetable for his return. He doesn't belong on any fantasy roster anywhere.
Mar 23 - 9:47 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will not play vs. the Suns on Saturday.

He has been on the sidelines since Feb. 21 and there is still no known timetable for a return, so owners in almost all leagues can monitor his progress from the waiver wire.
Mar 21 - 12:10 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Thursday as expected.

He has been on the shelf since Feb. 21 and is still without a timetable, so it doesn't appear that he is anywhere close to returning. Papanikolaou can be left on the wire in nearly all leagues.
Mar 18 - 1:59 PM

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