HoopsHype Kostas Papanikolaou rumors

October 16, 2014 Updates

Rockets big men in foul trouble, coach Kevin McHale moved Kostas Papanikolaou to power forward for several possessions until Pelicans coach Monty Williams countered with John Salmons in a smaller lineup. That likely will not be the last time Papanikolaou, who started at shooting guard with James Harden out, works as a "stretch four." "We're going to probably have to do some of that," McHale said. That would be fine with Papanikolaou. "I'm here to play and help my team," Papanikolaou said. "If that means play like a stretch four, that means I'll play like a stretch four. I want to do the best for my team, what my coaches ask me to do. And my team wants to get the wins every night out." Houston Chronicle

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Kostas Papanikolaou: A few hours later I watched my first NFL game, with the Texans hosting the Bills. There I met, Spero Dedes, another fellow Greek that is very successful on TV, as a play-by-play announcer on the CBS network. We met for few minutes, during halftime, and he is an exceptional guy. They even let me watch them while they were broadcasting the game live on TV. It was a great experience. I will meet with Spero again, when I will be in Los Angeles for the opening night game against the Lakers. NBA.com

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Papanikolaou is expected to sign next week once his buyout makes its way through the FIBA approval process. Drafted by the Knicks in 2012, the Rockets acquired his rights in the space-clearing deal that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland in 2013. He is expected to compete for playing time off the bench, likely at small forward initially (though at 6-9, he could get time in the stretch four role Omri Casspi played last season). But the Rockets cite his room to grow as much as how far he has already come. Houston Chronicle

“Actually, what I was thinking was I didn’t want to be thinking like five years later that I had this opportunity and didn’t do it,” Papanikolaou said. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I didn’t want to miss it. I thought, ‘This is the time.’ I spoke with the GM (Daryl Morey). The coach himself (Kevin McHale) called me. That means a lot to a player. But I just didn’t want to be stupid and lose this opportunity to be here, to live this dream to go to the NBA.” Houston Chronicle

September 17, 2014 Updates
August 11, 2014 Updates

Kostas Papanikolaou officially signed the two-year contract with the Houston Rockets. The Greek forward leaves FC Barcelona after a season and will earn $4.8 million the first year in the NBA and $4.6 million the second year (team option). Sportando

August 9, 2014 Updates
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