The Knicks are after Kostas Papanikolaou once again.
The New York Post has reported that New York has offered future second-round picks and cash to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the small forward. The Blazers are shopping Papanikolaou at the request of his agent, Marc Cornstein.
Papanikolaou, 22, was drafted by the Knicks last June in the second round with the 48th overall pick, but Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald dealt Papanikolaou to Portland in the Felton sign-and-trade deal in order to evade matching Lin’s massive contract offer.
The 6-foot-9 Greek helped the Olympiakos to their second straight Euroleague championship last month. The Knicks are looking to fill their void at the small forward position with a player who can defend and shoot from the perimeter. Papanikolaou could be just that, as he shot 52 percent from 3-point range this past season.
According to Cornstein, “His strong desire is to play in the NBA next season. He’s won two straight Euroleague titles. If that can’t happen in Portland, maybe it can happen somewhere else.’’
Despite their interest in Papanikolaou, the Knicks are not guaranteed to get him. Portland has received offers from other teams with draft picks in the late 20s. Blazers general manager Neil Oshey will wait until draft night to determine where Papanikolaou will land.