HoopsHype Kostas Papanikolaou rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets also in talks with Kostas Papanikolaou. Deal not complete. Waiting for me to be able to correcly spell Papanikolaou without checking Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

Houston Rockets are ready to initiate negotiations in order to sign Kostas Papanikolaou, however the side of the player is waiting for the official offer of the NBA franshise which is not yet on the table. According to Eurohoops sources close to the situation, in the next few hours a meeting for this matter will take place between the management of the team and agent Marc Cornstein who is representing the Greek player in the States. EuroHoops.net

May 11, 2014 Updates

Kostas Papanikolaou: I will need a balanced combination between the contract I will be offered and my role in a NBA team, in order to sign there. I don’t mean of course that I will demand the same kind of money that I get from Barcelona. For sure I am ready to sacrifice some money in order to get there. You have to make sacrifices in order to make your dreams a reality. But the way I will be approached, will play a pivotal role in my decision. I play in one of the best teams in Europe. I don’t want just to sign in the NBA without having a place in a team’s rotation. I don’t want something like a guarantee, I know how things work in the States. But I want to be sure that I will get an equal chance and they will trust me in order to get there, fight and establish myself in the NBA”. EuroHoops.net

Houston Rockets have his NBA rights and during the season they tried to sign him. His answer was negative. Our question is really simple. When he will go to the NBA? Kostas Papanikolaou: “Nothing change in my thoughts about the NBA. If I get a good chance, I will go. However, I am new in this team, they have treated me with respect and I only think about Barcelona. A team that helps me evolve my game and be better. So, I don’t know what will happen, if I will end up in the NBA this summer or the next one. EuroHoops.net

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However, Barcelona and Papanikolaou himself didn’t took into consideration the possibility of his crossing the pond mid-season. After all Barca is still unbeaten in Top16 and one of the Final Four favorites and that’s why they wouldn’t want to lose one of their starters. As for “Pap” he feels great in Catalonia, so far he is satisfied with his performance in Barcelona and he also wouldn’t want to leave the team before the end of season. As a result, the Texans will make their run for Papanikolaou again this summer, but no one can predict at this point what may happen until then. EuroHoops.net

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The Rockets might be watching the play of Spain’s Sergio Llull and Greece’s Kostas Papanikolaou, players not of the roster whose rights they hold, even more closely. Papanikolao, whose rights the Rockets acquired in the trade that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland, did not do much in the tournament opener, but had 10 points in 21 minutes against the strong Russian frontcourt. Llull has already established himself as a solid prospect and has played well in Fiba events, but has gotten off to a slow start this week. He made 1 of 4 shots in the blowout of Croatia and went just 1 of 3 in the upset loss to Goran Dragic and Slovenia. A 6-4 guard, Llull’s strong play for Real Madrid has earned the sort of contract that the Rockets were not ready to offer until he is ready for a significant role, but he should make the jump in a year or two making him someone worth watching. Houston Chronicle

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