Papagiannis signed a five-year deal with Panathinaikos Athens of Greece on Friday. After a disappointing two seasons in the NBA, Papagiannis will head home to the team that rostered him from 2014 through 2016 before making the move stateside. Despite his poor showing of late, he'll immediately be one of the best frontcourt players in Europe.
Papagiannis has been waived by the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports. Shortly after winning the Summer League championship, the Trail Blazers decided to cut ties with the former first-round selection. Selected with the 13th overall by the Kings in the 2016 NBA Draft, Papagiannis failed to see major minutes during his run in Sacramento and only took the court once after signing with the Trail Blazers back in early March. The 21-year-old is now planning to sign a deal in Greece.
Papagiannis recorded two points (1-1 FG), two steals and one rebound in four minutes of action during Thursday's 96-94 loss to the Rockets. Papagiannis' two points Thursday were his first points scored since recording a bucket on Jan. 30. The Greece native is averaging 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game during his second NBA season.
Papagiannis will sign a contract with the Trail Blazers for the rest of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Papagiannis has yet to see the court with the Trail Blazers since signing a 10-day contract at the start of March, but he's clearly impressed enough during practices to warrant him being signed for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign. Despite the good news for Papagiannis, he's still buried on the frontcourt depth chart, so he's not a viable fantasy target for the time being.
Papagiannis will sign a 10-day contract with the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Papagiannis was waived by the Kings at the trade deadline and has since been looking for work elsewhere in the NBA. He'll now get an opportunity to play for the Trail Blazers, likely operating as a deep reserve behind the likes of Jusuf Nurkic, Ed Davis and Zach Collins at center. Papagiannis should struggle to see the floor in competitive games with the Trail Blazers, so fantasy owners can continue to avoid him for the time being. In 16 games with the Kings, Papagiannis averaged just 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds across 7.4 minutes.
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