The Fascinating Case of Georgios Printezis

One of the best things about Twitter is its randomness.

Like earlier today, I'm scrolling through the old HQ Twitter feed and see the following headline:

Georgios Printezis unlikely to make leap to the Knicks.

Printezis! Remember him?

You don't? Well here's a refresher.

Printezis is a 6-9 Greek forward who currently plays for Olympiacos but who at one point was property of the Toronto Raptors. Printezis recently hit the game-winning shot over CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague Final last week, and is playing the best basketball of his career by many accounts.

We never saw him in action though, because while his draft rights were acquired by the Bryan Colangelo on draft night 2007, he stayed overseas until his rights were dealt in early 2011 to the Mavericks for a small package including Raptor great Alexis Ajinca.

The fascinating thing about Printezis, is how he's managed to indirectly help every team BUT the Raptors.

When the Spurs' dealt him to Toronto for the Dinos' second-round pick in 2008, San Antonio then used said pick to draft Goran Dragic, but instead of keeping the young point guard, flipped him immediately to the Suns in exchange for Phoenix's 2009 pick, a pick they used to nab DeJuan Blair.

And while Dallas didn't press Printezis into action after he was acquired in the Ajinca deal, he did help round out the deal that saw them clear cap space by moving Tyson Chandler, cap space that could be a huge boon for Dallas as early as this summer.

And well, we know the impact Chandler had on the Knicks this past season.

So in the end, the Spurs got Blair, the Suns got Dragic, the Knicks got Chandler along with Printezis and the Raptors got Ajinca.

Moral of the story?

Larry Bird has done a great job in Indiana, but the Spurs' RC Buford should win executive of the year, EVERY year.

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