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Kings waive 2016 top draft pick Georgios Papagiannis

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George Hill and Malachi Richardson are headed to Cleveland and Toronto, respectively, in two trade deadline moves by the Sacramento Kings.

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.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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