Georgios Printezis Unlikely To Make Leap To Knicks
Georgios Printezis, a 6-foot-9 forward for Olympiacos, hit the game-winning shot to defeat CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague Final last week.
The Knicks acquired Printezis’ draft rights from the Mavericks as part of the sign-and-trade for Tyson Chandler.
“He’s playing the best ball of his life,’’ said an NBA executive who saw Printezis play during the Euroleague playoffs. “The NBA has always been on his mind, but he would need a long-term commitment. He wouldn’t just come for one year.’’
The Knicks have interest in bringing Printezis to New York, but are limited financially because they do not want to use a portion of their $5M mid-level exception.
“I think he could do well in the NBA as a backup 4 man,’’ another NBA scout said. “He used to attack the rim a lot more than he does right now. Now he plays more on the perimeter. He’s a tough player who will give his team a lot of intangibles. Loose balls, rebounds, steals, good defensive position.”