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Kings waive 2016 lottery pick Georgios Papagiannis

Georgios Papagiannis

The Sacramento Kings will waive Georgios Papagiannis, their No. 13 draft pick from the 2016 NBA Draft, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Although he had little success with the Kings, it was still a bit of a surprise. When he was drafted with the 13th overall pick in 2016 a lot of people were surprised and felt it was a bit of reach, but the Kings embraced that and knew the development would be slow so to see him released already is a surprise. Last year he appeared in 22 games and averaged 5.6 points per game.

This year he didn’t get much run with the Kings only appearing in 16 games and averaging 7.4 minutes and 2.1 points per game.

He had spent most of the year with G League affiliate of the Kings, the Reno Bighorns. He appeared in 10 games averaging 27 minutes, 13.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

With the release from the Kings he was also released from the Bighorns but there is still a chance he could re-sign with them.

In terms of other teams that might be interested in his services, it might be scarce.

According to Sean Cunningham, a sports reporter for ABC 10:

Kings had made Georgios Papagiannis very much available in trade discussions. Obvious now that there was little to no interest in trading for the him. Now that he’s free, interesting to see if that changes.

If he can’t find a team so suit him in the NBA or G League don’t be surprised to see him go overseas to try and continue his playing career.

For the Kings, the last game he appeared in was on January 30 so don’t expect to see it have any effects on their play.