Report: Bucks interested in former lottery pick Georgios Papagiannis

The Milwaukee Bucks were busy on day one of NBA Free Agency.

The most important move, in the eyes of many, was signing Bobby Portis to a four-year, $49 million deal. In addition to Portis, the Bucks brought back Wesley Matthews and Jevon Carter on team-friendly deals. Eventually, Milwaukee used the Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception (TPMLE) to sign Joe Ingles.

Although there were no other signings or trades on day two of free agency, the Bucks still made headlines. They have reportedly expressed an interest in former 2016 lottery winner Georgios Papagiannis.

Georgios Papagiannis did not have a long NBA career

Papagiannis was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 13th pick in the 2016 NBA draft. His career in the NBA only lasted two seasons. As a rookie with the Kings, he appeared in 22 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

The next season, Papagiannis only played 17 games: 16 for the Kings and one for the Portland Trailblazers. The Kings waived him midway through the 2017-18 season and he signed a 10-day contract with Portland. After they released him, he returned to Europe to continue his professional career.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Georgios Papagiannis are teammates in the Greece national team

One of the reasons the Bucks have shown interest in Papagiannis is two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s familiarity with him. The two are teammates in the Greek national team.

Papagiannis also boasts several successes in the foreign league. Since returning to Greece, he and his club (Panathinaikos) have won two Greek Championships (2019 and 2020). In addition, Papagiannis was in four teams that won the Greek Cup (2015, 2016, 2019, 2021). He was named Greek League All-Star in 2019 and 2020 and competed in Greek League Slam Dunk competition in 2020.

Last season with Panathinaikos, Papagiannis averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He doesn’t have much outside shot, which could limit his offensive effectiveness in today’s NBA. That being said, he was once a hot prospect for a reason and could be an interesting addition for the Bucks.

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