Papanikolaou will join Houston in 2014

Houston Rockets announced that they will not pay the buy-out amount in order to acquire Kostas Papanikolaou, and the Greek superstar will cross the Atlantic Ocean next season

In the early summer, the Houston Rockets managed to obtain the 23-year-old forward from Olympiacos, who had an amazing season with the Greek giants. However according to theHouston Chronicle, the Rockets do not intend to pay Olympiacos the buy-out amount and they will wait for the next season, when Papanikolaou will then be a free agent.

Last season, Papanikolaou was crowned as the European Champion with his team as well as winning the Euroleague’s Rising Star award, he had one of his the best seasons to date as he was shooting 52,1 percent behind the arc in the Euroleague. He also collected 136 rebounds and recorded 43 assists.

Houston Rockets, who acquired Dwight Howard this summer, are trying to build a strong team, and the Greek player would have been a very powerful additional choice, however they don’t have enough salary cap for the time being so their plans are postponed until the next season.