NBA veteran Kostas Koufos to play in England

2022-07-13T19:59:35+00:00 2022-08-30T14:34:35+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

13/Jul/22 19:59

Kostas Koufos is returning to Europe in a stunning move for British basketball.

By Eurohoops team /

NBA veteran center Kostas Koufos is finalizing a deal with EuroCup newcomer club London Lions according to Marc Stein. His new team confirmed the addition Friday. It’s a huge move for the Lions and one of the biggest signings in the history of British basketball.

Koufos, 33, will return to action after a very short stint with the G League Ignite and debut in EuroCup. He had a previous stint in Europe with EuroLeague forces CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos Piraeus after spending 11 years in the NBA.

From 2008 to 2019, Koufos participated in 723 NBA games with such teams as the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and the Sacramento Kings.

Per the press release: “The 7′ 0″ American/Greek dual national had an 11-year NBA career with five different franchises as well as helping Greece to a EuroBasket bronze medal in 2009.

When the Ohio-born big man makes his BBL debut he will become the player with the most NBA appearances to turn out in Britains top league having played 686 regular season games along with 37 appearances in the play-offs.

After a illustrious career at GlennOak High School, Koufos spent a single season with Ohio State University where he helped the Buccaneers win the prestigious National Invitation Tournament, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds and three block in the title game. Unsurprisingly Koufos was named in the Big Ten All-Rookie Team for the 2007/8 season.

Koufos was selected by Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft and his two seasons in Salt Lake City saw him play 84 games, averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds.

After a part of a season with Minnesota Timberwolves he joined Denver Nuggets and the 2012/13 season saw him start 81 regular games for the Nuggets, averaging 6.9and 5.2 rebounds, leading his side to the play-offs. Two seasons with Memphis Grizzlies followed where he played 161 regular season games.

A four-season spell at Sacramento saw more than 250 appearances for the Kings before EuroLeague seasons with CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos were following by an NBA G League campaign with Ignite.

Everyone at The London Lions would like to welcome Kosta to the Copper Box and wish him the best for his career in black and white.”