The Nuggets didn’t want to pay Kostas Papanikolaou $4,797,664 this season.
But getting him for a lesser amount?
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Erick Green, who has played just seven minutes this season, will get his $100,000 guarantee. My guess is he clears waivers. He’s a score-first point guard who doesn’t score well enough to justify his lack of distributing skills.
Papanikolaou is a more intriguing player – a versatile forward who must shoot better than he did as a Rockets rookie last season. It’s no lock he’ll become a viable NBA rotation player, but Denver clearly valued him as more than just a throw-in in the Ty Lawson trade. After the Nuggets waived him, Papanikolaou could’ve signed anywhere, but he clearly liked something about Denver’s offer.
This is a minor move, but a swap in the right direction for the Nuggets.