Kings Announce Draft-Night Trade
SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Kings acquired the draft rights for center Georgios Papagiannis (YOUR-gos Pa-pa-YAHN-iss) and forward-center Skal Labissiere (Skal La-bee-SEE-AIR), rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic (boag-DAHN boag-DAHN-O-vitch) and a future second-round selection from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for the draft rights to Marquese Chriss on the night of the 2016 NBA Draft, according to Kings Vice President and General Manager Vlade Divac.
Sacramento, which had the eighth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, selected Chriss out of Washington before sending his draft rights to the Suns. The Suns selected Papagiannis (13th overall) and Labissiere (28th overall) in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft before trading their draft rights to the Kings.
An early entry candidate, Papagiannis became the highest drafted Greek player ever. Papagiannis played for Panathinaikos (Greece) for four seasons (2011-12 – 2012-13 and 2014-15 - 2015-16). In 2015-16, the 7-foot-1 center averaged 6.4 points (.678 FG%, .667 FT%), 2.6 rebounds and 11.4 minutes per game in 21 contests. He played high school basketball in the United States at Westtown School in West Chester, Penn., in 2013-14, before returning to Greece.
Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 forward-center, averaged 6.6 points (.516 FG%, .661 FT%), 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 15.8 minutes per game in all 36 games while starting 18 of them for the 2015-16 Kentucky Wildcats. He became the highest drafted Haitian player since Samuel Dalembert, who was selected 26th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Bogdanovic, a 6-foot-6 guard from Belgrade, Serbia, was originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (27th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft. Bogdanovic played for KK Partizan from 2011-12 to 2013-14 with his best statistical showing coming during the 2013-14 season when he averaged a career-high 15.0 points (.397 FG%, .340 3pt%, .738 FT%), a career-best 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.24 steals and 31.0 minutes per game in 25 games, of which he started 19. Last season Bogdanovic played for Fenerbahce Ulker in the BSL and Euroleague and for KK Lovcen Cetinje in the Prva A Liga league.