He was also asked about the NBA and he left the door open: “The NBA is not yet a closed chapter in my career. I am still young”. However the 25 years old Papanikolaou has a contract until 2018 with Olympiacos.
Greek powerhouse Olympiakos B.C. has officially announced the signing of Kostas Papanikolaou. The forward signed for two years and half. Papanikolaou started the season in NBA with Denver Nuggets but was recently waived.
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It’s hard for me to think that a player like you couldn’t quite make it in the NBA… Vassilis Spanoulis: I found out that it wasn’t for me. It was not the right time or the right team. Things happen. There you start from scratch, it doesn’t matter what you have done in Europe and it’s tough.
Free agent Mickael Gelabale seems to be now their prime target. Probably that’s why as “Gigantes” reported the player declined the offer of Valencia. The French forward would like to stay in the NBA, but returning to Europe for the Euroleague champions is not such a bad alternative. That been said, until Saturday morning Gelabale didn’t had an official offer from Olympiacos and he was very close to signing a contract in Russia.
As Eurohoops reported on Thursday not only Cartier Martin was the front runner for the empty small forward spot in Olympiacos’ roster, but the negotiations were more than advanced. One day latter, it seems that the two time Euroleague champions changed their mind – and probably some fans’ reactions played their part in this decision – and are now focusing on a player who also played last season in the NBA, however he has a lot more European experience.