Jun 25

Berman: Blazers Turn Down Knicks Offer for Papanikolaou, Want First-Round Pick

By caseyholdahl

Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting the Knicks and a handful of other teams are interested in acquiring Greek small forward Kostas Papanikolaou, whose rights the Trail Blazers received from the Knicks as a part of the Raymond Felton trade.
The Knicks have offered future second-round picks and future considerations (cash) to Portland in an attempt to regain the rights to small forward Kostas Papanikolaou, according to sources.

The Trail Blazers have rebuffed the Knicks and were asking for their 24th pick in a swap with Portland’s 39th pick Thursday night to pony up the 6-foot-9 Greek.


According to sources, Papanikolaou, who won his second straight Euroleague championship for Olympiakos last month, is being shopped by the Blazers — at the request of his agent, Marc Cornstein.


According to sources, Portland has received offers for Papanikolaou from others teams with picks in the late 20s. It appears Portland GM Neil Oshey wants to wait until draft night to determine who is available. The Blazers believe if Papanikolaou were in this year’s draft, he’d easily be a first-rounder.

“His strong desire is to play in the NBA next season,’’ Cornstein told The Post yesterday. “He’s won two straight Euroleague titles. If that can’t happen in Portland, maybe it can happen somewhere else.’’

There have been rumors for a while that the Blazers would try to trade Papanikolaou's rights. I'm just surprised that, from the sound of it, they're going to get a first-rounder out of it. Even in a weak draft, that's a hell of a deal.

Not only did that sign-and-trade for Felton, who was never going to play again for the Trail Blazers anyway, net Portland the trade exception that turned into Eric Maynor, but it sounds like they could very well end up with a first-round pick out of it as well. That's as good of a return on investment as you're going to get.


  1. why not take and try Papanikolau during next season? As I've seen him he can give a lot to our team.
    Late first round pick in 2013 weak draft is way below his real value.

    by Daniel Slodki on 6/25/2013 12:38 PM
  2. It's a good question Daniel. My guess is that there's a lot of overlap between Kostas and Claver, and since Claver is already here ...

    by caseyholdahl on 6/25/2013 12:51 PM
  3. I like the idea of trading him for a late first rounder, if he's never going to be a blazer i'd even take a second round pick for him. I like the opportunity of stashing someone in the D-League to actually help them develop then have no say of what someone is doing over seas. Which we could do with our draft pick.

    by JR_Spahn on 6/25/2013 3:24 PM
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