Former Ohio State Center Kosta Koufus Agrees to EuroLeague Deal to Become League's Highest Paid American, Per Report

By Kevin Harrish on July 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm
Kosta Koufos is getting a huge payday in the EuroLeague
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Kosta Koufos is getting paid.

The former Buckeye center is leaving the NBA for a huge EuroLeague deal with defending champion CSKA Moscow, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

The reported two-year, $6 million deal will make Koufos the highest-paid American in Europe. The deal will also include an NBA option if Koufos decides to return before the end of his contract.

Koufos is an NBA veteran, playing 11 seasons with five different teams. Most recently, he played in Sacramento where he had the longest stint of his career, staying with the Kings for four seasons between 2015-2018.

Through his 11 seasons, Koufos has averaged 5.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game and has come off the bench for most of his career.

Koufos is a free agent this offseason reportedly attracted interest from Detroit, Sacramento, Milwaukee and Toronto, but was a likely candidate for a one-year veteran minimum contract, worth about $2.5 million.

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