Rockets Add Greek Forward Papanikolaou To Roster
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The Houston Rockets have agreed to terms with forward Kostas Papanikolaou who will sign a two-year deal, according to multiple media reports. Papanikolaou was the 48th overall selection in the 2012 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. The Rockets acquired his rights in a trade with Portland for Thomas Robinson on July 10th, 2013.
Yahoo Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the agreement is a $4.8 million for this season. The second year will be a team option for $4.6 million.
Papanikolaou, a 6-9 forward who will compete for minutes at the power and small forward positions in Houston. He spent last season with FC Barcelona Bàsquet in Spain as part of a title winning team. In Euroleague play last year he averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He shot at a solid percentage at over 50% from the field and 36% from three-point range.
In his five previous seasons he played in the Greek League, the 24-year old played for Greek powerhouse Olympiacos. In the 2012-13 season Papanikolaou averaged a career best 11.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting 52% from the three-point line.
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