Olympiacos star, Greek League MVP Sasha Vezenkov still ‘open’ to joining Sacramento Kings

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Reigning Greek League MVP Sasha Vezenkov recently signed a new three-year deal with Olympiacos, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of joining the Kings next season.

The Kings nearly brought Vezenkov over last summer after acquiring his draft rights in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team couldn’t come to terms with Vezenkov at the time, but the 27-year-old forward told BasketNews he would still consider coming to Sacramento despite renewing his contract with Olympiacos.

“Before the contract and after the contract, I’m in the same position,” he said. “I’m in a position where I play for Olympiacos. I love what I’m doing. I have a really good time here. Chemistry is great, and the team is doing really well. But when summer comes, everything can happen. I don’t close any doors in my life. We’ll see.”

Vezenkov, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound combo forward, was named Greek League MVP for the second time last season. He averaged 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while shooting 43.4% from 3-point range to lead Olympiacos to the Greek League championship. He is considered a frontrunner for MVP again this season.

BasketNews noted Vezenkov reportedly has a $1.5 million buyout in his new contract, which was announced Jan. 2. The deal will reportedly pay him just under $1 million this season, $1.62 million next season and $2.17 million if he stays through the 2024-25 season.

Vezenkov said he isn’t looking that far ahead.

“It’s January,” Vezenkov said. “I can’t say what will happen in summer. But we’ll see. That’s what I can say to everybody. The only thing I care about now is winning titles and making our goals with the team. When summer comes, we’ll see. With my family, the club, NBA and my agent, everybody who loves me and is in my life, we’ll see what will happen.”

“… I’m like this in my life. I don’t like to think too far. I put small goals in my everyday routine, weekly or monthly, and I try to achieve them. Sometimes you do it, sometimes not, but in six months, everything can happen. I hope I’ll be healthy and we’ll see.”