Knicks Unlikely to Sign Georgios Printezis
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The dilemma is they can’t even bring him in for July’s summer league in Las Vegas to work with him and get a good look. (Georgios) Printezis, a gritty forward who can rebound, penetrate and shoot, is on the Greek National Team vying for the London Olympics. Greece will play in the final Olympic qualifier in early July in Venezeula as heavy favorites to make it to the London Games.
“He’s playing the best ball of his life,’’ said an NBA executive who saw him play during the Euro-league. “The NBA has always been on his mind, but he would need a long-term commitment. He wouldn’t just come for one year.’’
With potentially eight free agents, the Knicks have depth concerns and plenty of roster spots open next season. They are scouring Europe for a diamond-in-the-rough such as center Timofey Mozgov.
But Printezis is a longshot for their roster because the Knicks are concerned about crossing the $74 million luxury-tax threshold that penalizes club with a heavier tax and lower mid-level exception.