Papanikolaou failed to score in his two minutes of action for Denver in their 118-105 loss Sunday to the Warriors. Papanikolaou has played in every game for the Nuggets since signing with the team on Nov. 5th. However, he's only averaging 7.2 minutes per game in that span. Papanikolaou has managed to score 2.1 points along with 1.2 rebounds per game. His opportunities will continue to be limited behind Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur.
Papanikolaou is expected to sign with the Nuggets on Thursday, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. The Nuggets released guard Erick Green on Thursday, clearing a roster spot, which they're expected to use on Papanikolaou, who was with the team briefly in the offseason. The Greece native came over from Houston in the Ty Lawson deal, but the Nuggets waived him in late-September prior to camp. With the Nuggets currently dealing with a slew of frontcourt injuries, Papanikolaou will return and could step into a meaningful role, at least in the short-term. He appeared in 43 games for Houston last season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.5 minutes.
The Nuggets have waived forward Kostas Papanikolaou, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Papanikolaou was due to make close to $5 million this season, and rather than pay him, the Nuggets will remove him from the roster prior to training camp. He spent last season in Houston, appearing in 43 games and averaging 4.2 points while shooting just 35 percent from the field. Houston opted to decline his team option in June.
The Nuggets have come to agreement on a trade that would send point guard Ty Lawson to the Rockets, according to a report by Yahoo, citing league sources. Lawson averaged 15.2 points and 9.6 assists last season. He was arrested for DUI in the offseason. The Rockets will send Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Nick Johnson and Joey Dorsey to Denver, as well as a protected 2016 first-round pick to Denver. Denver is including a 2017 second-round pick
The Rockets have picked up their option on small foward Kostas Papanikolaou, according to ESPN, which is further reporting that the $5 million he is due is not guaranteed. Papanikolaou played extensively last season until sidelined by an ankle injury. He averaged 4.2 points in 18 minutes per game, but shot just 35 percent from the field on the year.
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