Panathinaikos is going into the next season with new management and the team has started working on the roster for the upcoming season. One of their plans is to fill the void left by the departure of Deshaun Thomas and, after not finding success in the acquiring of Greg Whittington, Panathinaikos turned its attention to Sam Dekker is one of the targets.
Jimmer Fredette has arrived in Greece and he is looking forward to the upcoming challenges he will face as a Panathinaikos player: “I’m really excited to be here. Great organization, we have some great players, great coaching staff. I’m just excited to be here and try something different. Hopefully, get out there and help our team as much as I can.” PAO has been trying to sign Fredette for years and the 30-year-old admits it wasn’t easy: “It was a tough decision. Panathinaikos has been calling and trying to get me a part of their team for a couple of years. It just hadn’t worked out up to this point. But at this point, we decided that it’s the right opportunity for myself, my family and the team to be joined together and hopefully be able to have a great season.”
Naismith Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has turned down an offer to return as president and coach of Panathinaikos, the franchise he led to a Greek League championship this season, Pitino told ESPN on Friday.
Pitino wants to return to a full-time pursuit of a job in the NBA — coaching, player personnel or an advisory role, he said. He led Panathinaikos to a Greek Cup title, completing a 15-0 season. The team was 7-0 when Pitino arrived. Pitino led the team into postseason play in the EuroLeague playoffs too.