At this point, Bargnani is not eager to return to Europe and finish the season in Euroleague. However, Olympiacos has only hours in order to add a player before the end of the Euroleague transfer deadline and the Greeks are making a run on him. That’s why Thompson is also on their radar.
Mantzaris confirmed the interest of the NBA franchise after the Euroleague game against Baskonia. “I have heard about that but it is not in my mind at the moment. I am a player of Olympiacos and I am focused on our goals for the season” Mantzaris said.
However, as RC Buford said to the Greek channel OTE TV, he was also eager to meet Giorgos Printezis. Printezis’ NBA rights belong to the Spurs and Buford met him for the first time. What’s more interesting is that Buford kept the NBA door open for him. As RC Buford said: “It was good to meet with Giorgos. We traded for his rights last summer and this was the first time I got to spend some time with him. I have never met him before”. Printezis has a contract with Olympiacos until the summer of 2017, but Buford doesn’t exclude anything: “I think that a part of this decision belongs to him. For sure we will be following him and if our needs fit his needs, then we will see what happens”.