Lukas Mavrokefalidis to be released by AEK Athens; Dimitris Mavroeidis to return?

Greek veteran Loukas Mavrokefalidis is set to be heading out of AEK Athens with the domestic season right around the corner.

But, free agent Dimitris Mavroeidis, who spent last season with the Athens side looks set to return as Mavrokefalidis’ direct replacement.

The reasoning behind the 32-year-old Mavrokefalidis’ sudden departure of AEK Athens was mysterious at first, but Eurohoops have reported that there has been a financial dispute between the club and the player leading up to the new season, where the Greek side will not only try to break the decades of dominance between Olympiacos and Panathainikos but also try their hand in the inaugural FIBA Basketball Champions League.

Dimitris Mavroeidis
Dimitris Mavroeidis looks set to return to AEK Athens.

During his 14-year career, Mavrokefalidis has played solely in Greece, for five clubs; PAOK, Maroussi, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and of course AEK. Last season, he averaged 14.5 points a game in the regular season, a league high. He also pulled down 6.7 rebounds and a career high 2.0 assists a game.

But while there will be an air of mystery as to where Mavrokefalidis will head to next, AEK Athens, who are currently in Slovenia preparing for the new season will welcome 31-year-old former EuroLeague champion Mavroeidis back into the fold for the new season.

Mavroeidis has had spells at Bilbao and Olympiacos, where he won the EuroLeague title in London back in 2013.