Portland waives Georgios Papagiannis
The Portland Trail Blazers have parted ways with big man Georgios Papagiannis. This is according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who also stated that Papagiannis is headed to Europe to continue his basketball career.
Portland has waived center George Papagiannis, league source tells ESPN. He's planning to sign a deal in Greece.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018
Not many Blazers fans have a memory of Papagiannis ever suiting up for Portland, but to be fair, it’s a challenge to remember the center’s time with the franchise, as he only appeared in one game for the team last season, playing in just four minutes and scoring two points in a 96-94 road loss to the Houston Rockets back in April.
Papagiannis was signed by the Blazers to a 10-day contract in March, and though he barely contributed anything, Portland signed him through the 2018-19 season.
In a separate report, Kostas Giataganas of Eurohoops has revealed that Papagiannis is expected to play for Greek ball club Panathinaikos.
Panathinaikos have already included Papagiannis in the club’s long-term plans and are ready to add him with a three-year contract. Papagiannis was first acquired by the six-time EuroLeague champions when he was 17 years old and spent two seasons with the team before joining the NBA with the Sacramento Kings in 2016.
Georgios Papagiannis, 21, was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2016 and was traded right away to the Sacramento Kings with Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 2020 second-round pick, and Skal Labissiere for Marquese Chriss.
In 39 career games in the NBA, Papagiannis managed to put up averages of 4.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks.