The Kings have waived center Georgios Papagiannis, the team announced Thursday.
Papagiannis was the 13th pick in the 2016 NBA draft. The 20-year-old from Greece averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 38 games in his career with the Kings, including 16 games this season.
He was part of the draft-day trade with the Phoenix Suns that also gave Sacramento the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic, the 28th pick (Skal Labissiere) and a 2020 second-round selection in exchange for Marquese Chriss, the No. 8 overall pick.
The Kings’ selection of Papagiannis was widely criticized because they already had an All-Star center in DeMarcus Cousins, and Papagiannis never developed into a rotation player for Sacramento.
The Kings had already picked up Papagiannis’ option, so they will be on the hook for his $2.4 million salary for next season.