Agent anticipates Blazers trading rights to Kostas Papanikolaou

Agent anticipates Blazers trading rights to Kostas Papanikolaou
May 23, 2013, 8:15 am
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It doesn't appear the Portland Trail Blazers will be bringing over international player Kostas Papanikolaou for the 2013-14 season, or for any Trail Blazer season for that matter.

George Sfairopoulos, the agent who represents the 6-9 small forward, says the likely scenario is Portland opting to trade Papanikolaou's rights.

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.”

Papanikolaou, 22, was drafted by the New York Knicks with the No. 48 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The The Trail Blazers acquired his rights from the Knicks in the Raymond Felton sign-and-trade last offseason.

He received the Euroleague Rising Stars Trophy for the 2012-13 season while playing for European powerhouse Olympiacos in his native Greece.

Nicolas Batum and Victor Claver are the only two small forwards on the Trail Blazers' roster with guaranteed contracts.

In 31 games last season during Euroleague play, Papanikolaou averaged 8.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and shot 52 percent from three-point range in 23.3 minutes per game.


Idaho Stampede Head Coach Michael Peck of the NBA Development League, will join the Trail Blazers Summer League coaching staff.