Giorgios Printezis Rumors
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Giorgos Printezis officially signed his new contract with Euroleague champions Olympiacos for three years and 2,7 million euros, as it was first reported by Eurohoops.net. As it was also reported by Turkish media, he refused to take the 4,5 million dollars for three years offer of Fenerbahce/ Ulker. What is not known, thought, is that the Knicks also made an official offer to the Greek forward, like they have said they would do, after the Euroleague final four.
Giorgos Printezis informed Fenerbahce/ Ulker that he will not accept its offer and he seems to have decided to renew his contract with Olympiacos and will remain a member of the Euroleague reigning Champions until the summer of 2015. The man who sealed the European triumph of the Greek team with his world famous basket basket just 0,7” seconds before the end of the final game against CSKA Moscow, will continue his career at Piraeus.
Giorgios Printezis: “First I am going to listen to what Olympiakos has to offer and then I will see my other options. The NBA is a big challenge for me, but I don’t know what will happen yet. I will talk to Olympiakos and then I will decide.”
Your contract expires this year. Is your priority to stay in Olympiakos? Giorgios Printezis: “This is definitely something that is not up to me, but I wish to stay. My priority is Olympiakos. Then we’ll see.”
The Knicks believe he could make a good NBA reserve, but would only have the rookie minimum to offer Printezis — because they do not want to use risk a portion of their $5M mid-level exception. The dilemma is they can’t even bring him in for July’s summer league in Las Vegas to work with him and get a good look. Printezis, a gritty forward who can rebound, penetrate and shoot, is on the Greek National Team vying for the London Olympics. Greece will play in the final Olympic qualifier in early July in Venezeula as heavy favorites to make it to the London Games. “He’s playing the best ball of his life,’’ said an NBA executive who saw him play during the Euro-league. “The NBA has always been on his mind, but he would need a long-term commitment. He wouldn’t just come for one year.’’
In a footnote to December’s Tyson Chandler sign-and-trade, the Mavericks included the draft rights to Printezis, an Athens-born forward who won the Greek Slam-Dunk contest in 2007. Now 27, he was selected in the second round by the Raptors in 2007. “They have a nice little asset now,’’ one NBA executive said of Printezis. “People now know who he is now.’’ However, getting him in a Knicks uniform is a problem. Printezis is a free agent and likely has earned a significant contract from Olympiakos, one of Europe’s deepest-pocketed teams.
13 May 12