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 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 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 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.
Papagiannis will be waived by the Kings, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Papagiannis was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, so the Kings clearly weren't thrilled with his progress considering his rapid release. He'll be subject to waivers and if he goes unclaimed, Papagiannis will then become an unristricted free agent. The fact that he was such a high draft pick could bring about numerous potential suitors. However, if he fails to find a new team, Papagiannis will likely either head to the G-League or test his luck overseas.
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