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Kosta Koufos
C - 7'0, 245lbs - 35 years old - 11 years of NBA experience
Free agent - In the G-League player pool
  • Birthdate: 02/24/1989
  • Drafted (NBA): 23rd pick, 2008
  • Pre-draft team: Ohio State
  • Country: Greece/USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Mark Termini/Andy Bountogianis (Klutch Sports)
2008 NBA DraftNBADrafted 23rd overall by Utah.
10th July, 2008NBASigned four year, $5,845,792 rookie scale contract with Utah. Included team options for 2010/11 and 2011/12.
26th March, 2009D-LeagueAssigned by Utah to Utah Flash of the D-League.
17th April, 2009D-LeagueRecalled by Utah from Utah Flash of the D-League.
30th October, 2009NBAUtah exercised 2010/11 team option.
25th January, 2010D-LeagueAssigned by Utah to Utah Flash of the D-League.
28th January, 2010D-LeagueRecalled by Utah from Utah Flash of the D-League.
8th March, 2010D-LeagueAssigned by Utah to Utah Flash of the D-League.
23rd March, 2010D-LeagueRecalled by Utah from Utah Flash of the D-League.
13th July, 2010NBATraded by Utah, along with a conditional 2011 first round pick from Memphis (#20, Donatas Motiejunas), a conditional 2011 first round pick from Utah (conveyed in 2012; #18, Terrence Jones) and the right to swap 2014 first round picks (not exercised), to Minnesota in exchange for Al Jefferson.
1st November, 2010NBAMinnesota exercised 2011/12 team option.
22nd February, 2011NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Minnesota to Denver, along with Corey Brewer to New York, in exchange for Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and cash from New York, and a 2015 second round pick (#37, Richaun Holmes) from Denver.
25th January, 2012NBASigned a partially guaranteed three year, $9 million extension with Denver.
2013 NBA DraftNBATraded by Denver to Memphis in exchange for Darrell Arthur and the draft rights to Joffrey Lauvergne (#55).
13th July, 2015NBASigned a four year, $32,879,000 contract with Sacramento. Included player option for 2018/19.
9th May, 2018NBAExercised 2018/19 player option.
Career Moves
2007 - 2008Ohio State (NCAA)
June 2008 - July 2010Utah Jazz (NBA)
July 2010 - February 2011Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
February 2011 - June 2013Denver Nuggets (NBA)
June 2013- June 2015Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
July 2015 - presentSacramento Kings (NBA)
Articles about Kosta Koufos

September 12, 2018

[...] Shumpert, the filler contract received back in the Hill deal, has yet to play for the Kings after a season riddled with injury. Even when healthy, he looked to have lost a lot from his peak, and only his contract binds him to the team still. If Shumpert and his agent can find another suitor, that can soon be fixed. Conversely, Koufos has been with the team for three years, is their second-longest tenured player (a mere two weeks behind Willie Cauley-Stein), is their second-best player if measured by PER (a mere 0.1 points behind Willie Cauley-Stein), and is their second-best player if measured by VORP (a mere 0.3 points behind Willie Cauley-Stein). These are all reasons why Koufos, a good and useful player, should be traded if possible. But if not, the buyout may happen.

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June 29, 2017

Kosta Koufos
C, 7’0, 265lbs, 28 years old, 9 years of experience

A good interior defender, a good rebounder, a good interior finisher, with good efficiency, good size, and a good contract. Entering his prime, Koufos should be considered available in trade, but he should also be considered valuable in trade. He only does a few things, but he plays within them, and he does them well. Good, even.

Player Plan: Two years and circa. $17.13 million remaining, with a player option on the second year. Likely to opt out, so cash in with him on a team that needs that one extra big man. Quite a few players in the league exist in this sphere right now, that of capable yet available veteran big man, so get in there quick.

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December 30, 2013

Counting the game in which he played only 9 minutes and got hurt as one in which he didn't play (which seems fair), the Grizzlies are 7-5 with Gasol in the lineup and 5-11 without him. Considering that Gasol is both the reigning defensive player of the year and a nightly triple-double threat, this is no surprise. No one can replace a player that good, even if they do have one of the league's best backups at that position (and in Kosta Koufos, the Grizzlies do). Ewing Theory anomalies notwithstanding, a team can't offset the loss of a star, and the Grizzlies are feeling his irreplaceable loss in all facets of their game. That much is unavoidable.

[...] Memphis made one of the steals of the summer in acquiring Koufos. Taking advantage of Nuggets' upheaval, the Grizzlies acquired a legit starter for the cost only of an inferior backup (Darrell Arthur) and a very late pick in a weak draft. It was a perfect move that benefitted the team in the short term, filled a specific need, upgraded the talent level and, in light of Koufos's age, helped the future too. It was the type of deal that would help a good team stay good.

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November 13, 2013

Regardless of how much stronger the center position is than the common narrative on its weakness would have you believe, productive fives are still the most valued commodity out there. And when you've got three when you only need two, you deal from the position of strength to concurrently fill one of your weaknesses. This is what the Nuggets intended to do this summer when they traded Koufos to the Grizzlies, receiving in exchange backup power forward Darrell Arthur and the rights to draft-and-stash big man Joffrey Lauvergne.

In theory, the Nuggets dealt an excess asset to fit a more pressing weakness. However, both of those criteria are subject to scrutiny. Importantly, the word "backup" in that description of Arthur is doing rather a lot here. Arthur is a decent player, indisputably, but he is also an average to decent backup at a position where that is not too hard to come by. Arthur helps a team on both ends of the court, but not hugely - he is a solid placeholder until the star player returns after the timeout, and not capable of much more than that.

The same is somewhat true of Koufos, a quality player, but a fringe starter in light of the aforementioned league-wide depth at the center position, and certainly only a backup in Memphis behind the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Marc Gasol. But if you're trading a backup for a backup, you should be sure you're getting the better backup. Put simply, Koufos is better than Arthur, by a noticeable amount. This is true of both his value as a player and his value as an asset. Not only has Arthur yet to produce any season of the quality that Koufos did last year (8.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 17.2 PER), but he is also one year older and with a much greater injury history. By no performance metric did Denver upgrade in this swap, and Lauvergne does not offset it. And ultimately, rather than balance their roster, they only further unbalanced it.

[...] Memphis now has one of the best centers in the league (Marc Gasol) and one of the best backup centers. And all it cost them was a highly replaceable player that they needn't even look outside to replace, given the presence of the incumbent Ed Davis. Denver, meanwhile, now has a whole at center and a glut at power forward that will be asked to mask it. And that's all they have to show for the loss of what should have been a great trade asset.

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July 2, 2010

Kosta Koufos

Koufos is coming off of a significant sophomore slump that saw his PER cut in half (from 15.2 to 7.7). In his rookie season, he was a key bench contributor for a playoff calibre Western Conference team aged only 19; in his sophomore season, however, Koufos lost his spot to Kyrylo Fesenko and played only 5 minutes per game. He's still young, still big, still skilled in the post and still able to shoot. But last season was a nothing season for him, and he could use a good show in summer league to win back some favor.

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