Nuggets Sign Kostas Papanikolaou

Denver subsequently waives Erick Green

DENVER, Nov. 5, 2015 – The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Kostas Papanikolaou and waived guard Erick Green, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.

Papanikolaou, 6-8, 225, appeared in 43 games (one start) in his rookie season with Houston, averaging 4.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 18.5 minutes per game. He was originally drafted by the New York Knicks with the 48th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft and was traded to Portland in 2012 and then to Houston on July 10, 2013. From 2011 to 2013, the Greek forward played for Olympiacos and in 2013-14 he played for FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB league.

Green, 6-4, 185, has appeared in 46 games for Denver over the past two seasons, averaging 3.2 points in 9.1 minutes per game. Green was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 46th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft and was traded to Denver on draft night in exchange for Rudy Gobert.

Papanikolaou will be available for tonight’s game vs. the Utah Jazz.