The New York Knicks drafted small forward Kostas Papanikolaou last year in the second round of the NBA Draft but traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers. Now apparently they want him back as they’re offering the Blazers a future second round pick and “future considerations” to bring the Greek born player to the Big Apple.
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. Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald isn’t looking to give up his first-round pick, though some draft experts consider the 24-to-39 range rather comparable in a draft weaker than last season’s.
Papanikolaou who was named the FIBA Under 20 Championship MVP and winner of the Euroleague Rising Star award has a buyout with the Olympiacos worth one million Euro’s and it’s expected he’ll make his way to the NBA if traded to New York.