Kosta Koufos RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Alex Kennedy: Kosta Koufos has received interest from the Mavs, Lakers and Kings among others. The Bucks showed interest too (before landing Greg Monroe).: 3 more rumors
Chris Mannix: With Monta Ellis off the market, a name to keep an eye on in Sacramento: Kosta Koufos. One of best available bigs in dwindling market.: 3 more rumors
Koufos is already a hot name with Orlando, Sacramento and Boston showing interest on him and the Bucks are also in the mix. The team is in the market for a center and Koufos is one of the candidates. The offer that Koufos is going to get is directly connected with the money which the team will have to spend in order to re-sign Khris Middleton.: 3 more rumors
Kostas Koufos is a free agent, despite playing limited minutes behind Marc Gasol he seems ready for a bigger – even a starting – role in a team and that’s why he is name is rumored to be gaining interest from many NBA teams. According to US sources not only Memphis may try to keep him – a scenario which is tied to the fate of an other free agent, Marc Gasol – but also Orlando, Sacramento and Boston have an interest on him.
Memphis, mind you, signed off on the risk of losing both Gasol and Koufos without compensation when it rebuffed numerous trade proposals for Koufos during the season from the likes of Cleveland and Boston.
Is the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” an accurate portrayal of Greek weddings? Kosta Koufos: (Laughs) The movie is actually pretty much on point. We are both 100% Greek and even speak the language fluently. We are very proud to be Greek Americans but our wedding is going to be pretty modern. It will be at a Greek Church but it won’t be so Greek like the movie. So safe to say that Greek food will be on the menu? Of course. I really like dolmades which is basically grape leaves wrapped around rice. Whenever we go play in Utah my grandmother will give me a big thing of them. She hooks its up and so does my mom when go to Cleveland. No better food than a home cooked meal.
Zach Lowe: BOS expected Green to opt out of his contract after this season, by the way. Also: re: reports of third team — MEM keeping Koufos for now
“This is a business,” Koufos said of trade rumors. “You can get traded any day and anytime. Anybody is tradable – mostly anybody. Like I said, I just have to maximize whatever opportunity that I have here and just take it day by day. You can’t think of the future, you just have to think of the now in the present.”
Zach Lowe: Aside to @ESPNSteinLine report on MEM/Green: Cavs/Bos/MEM had talked re 3-teamer that would have sent JG to MEM, Koufos to CLE, picks to BOS. Obviously, Mozgov trade neuters that.
Marc Stein: Yet again we see value of true rim protector. Grizz still refusing to trade Koufos; Denver holds out for two firsts for Mozgov. And gets ’em
If Varejao is out for a significant period, it’s believed the Cavs will intensify their monthslong efforts to trade for a big man. The team has been seeking additional help for its front line going back to the summer, having specifically targeted Timofey Mozgov of the Denver Nuggets and Kosta Koufos of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dion Waiters’ name has come up in these talks. He has been out there to various teams as the Cavs scour the league for defensive help in recent weeks.
Earlier this season the Cleveland Cavaliers called the Memphis Grizzlies to see if they were interested in trading Kosta Koufos, the Grizzlies’ effective backup center. The Grizzlies haven’t been willing thus far to part with Koufos, a 7-footer who is an underrated rim defender with a reasonable contract, despite getting calls about him since last summer. In addition to the Cavs, the Sacramento Kings are among the teams that are interested.
Longtime NBA agent Mark Termini, renowned as a masterful negotiator, represents Koufos. He is also the senior advisor of negotiations for Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports Group agency. Termini has an excellent relationship with Cavaliers ownership and management.
Cleveland is high on Koufos, we’re told. They view his talent as a remedy to their lack of protection around the paint. However, beyond this season, a team is going to have to make a financial commitment.
Even more so when you take note of the Cavs’ interest in Grizzlies veteran Tayshaun Prince, as reported Friday by my ESPN.com colleague Brian Windhorst. The Cavs have the parts to assemble a deal to send Waiters to Memphis and take Prince’s $7.7 million salary off the Grizzlies’ hands in addition to acquiring Koufos.
Far more worrisome to the Cavs than their uneven 11-7 start is the lack of a proven presence at the rim to help stiffen their defense for the long term. That’s why Cleveland, sources say, has been inquiring with the Memphis Grizzlies about the available of reserve center Kosta Koufos among their various trade pursuits.
Seven members of the Memphis Grizzlies now are dealing with a stomach virus, and their status is uncertain for Friday’s game with the Boston Celtics. The Grizzlies announced Thursday that guards Tony Allen, Courtney Lee and Beno Udrih, forwards Jon Leuer and Jarnell Stokes, center Kosta Koufos and guard/forward Quincy Pondexter all are ill and are questionable for the Boston game.
Josh Lewenberg: Grizzlies will be without Tony Allen, Courtney Lee, Koufos, Udrih & Leuer – all battling a stomach virus. Grizz down to 9 available players
Brian Windhorst: Memphis doesn’t want to give Kosta Koufos up because [Marc] Gasol got hurt a bunch last year and he had to start for them. Mozgov and Koufos are players the Cavs would love to get their hands on.
Will Koufos get another chance (with the Greek National Team)? Fotis Katsikaris: We look at everybody’s behavior and then we judge. We are talking about the National Team. It’s not a team where you play whenever you feel like it, or whenever you want to get something out of the situation.
Brian Windhorst: Included in flurry of activity last night, Grizzlies guaranteed C Kosta Koufos’ $3M deal for next year after not tendering Ed Davis.
The current payroll also doesn’t include a $3 million team option for center Kosta Koufos. The Griz will likely pick up Koufos because of the value in his salary at the position. Keeping Koufos would give the Griz 10 players under contract (12 counting the draft picks) entering free agency.