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Blazers signing Georgios Papagiannis

Georgios Papagiannis

The Portland Trail Blazers are adding some heft to their roster, as it is has been reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the Blazers have inked center Georgios Papagiannis to a 10-day contract.

The 7-foot-1 Papagiannis last saw action in the NBA last month when he was still playing for the Sacramento Kings. He was waived by the Kings at the trade deadline on Feb. 8, as the team obviously prioritized giving minutes to the likes of Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Kosta Koufos. Before he was cut, Papagiannis averaged measly numbers of 2.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks in 16 games played for Sacramento this season.

While Papagiannis’ stock in the NBA has plunged to the point that he only attracts 10-day contract offers these days, he was once full of promise. He was selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2016 NBA Draft before his rights were traded to the Kings along with Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 2020 second-round pick, and Labissiere for Marquese Chriss.

Georgios Papagiannis would later sign a two-year contract with the Kings, but barely got playing time in his stint in Sacramento. In 38 total games played so far in his NBA career, Papagiannis is averaging only 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds on 12.4 minutes per contest. Per 36 minutes, he is putting up 12.0 points and 9.3 boards.

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In Portland, Papagiannis is not expected to have a significantly larger role than the one he had in Sacramento. He is likely to serve as an insurance policy for the Blazers’ frontcourt that already features Jusuf Nurkic, Ed Davis, and Zach Collins