Georgios Papagiannis and Bogdan Bogdanovic have started to trash talk

As Sacramento Kings big man Georgios Papagiannis prepares for his first Eurobasket with Greece, he has revealed that he has been in contact with new team-mate and Serbian international Bogdan Bogdanovic.

The Greek star has said that he and Bogdanovic have spoken during the NBA Summer League and the 20-year-old said there will be no love lost if they face off against each other.

“I talked to him when we’re at Summer League and I told him, ‘We’re going to beat you guys,’” said Papagiannis.

“Even though we’re going to be teammates next year, I still want to win against him because I want to do it for [my] country.”

Greece have begun preparations for Eurobasket with two victories in Patras against Romania (106-48) and Great Britain (92-64) and are in great shape ahead of the tournament.

“Eurobasket is always good for a player,” Papagiannis said. “I believe we can go for the gold medal and it would be a great motivation for next year.”

Greece are housed in Group A, alongside Slovenia, Poland, France, Iceland and co-hosts Finland.