Sunday, June 30, 2024

Nikos Chougkaz and Panathinaikos Part Ways After Four Years

Nikos Chougkaz and Panathinaikos have decided to go their separate ways after four years. This decision comes as Panathinaikos is well-stocked at the power forward position with players like Dinos Mitoglou, Juancho Hernangomez, and Lefteris Mantzoukas. Mantzoukas has also been loaned to Aris to gain more playing time.

Panathinaikos had until today to activate the renewal option in the 23-year-old forward's contract, but they chose not to, allowing Chougkaz to become a free agent. Currently, Chougkaz has several offers, but he seems to prefer staying with Peristeri for the upcoming season.

Nikos Chougkaz's Career Overview

Panionios (2018-2019): Chougkaz began his professional career with Panionios in the Greek first division. In his debut season, he played 10 games, averaging 3.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game.

Northwestern State University (2019-2020): He then moved to the United States to play college basketball at Northwestern State University. In his single season there, he averaged 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists over 29 games.

AO Ionikos Nikaias (2020-2022): Returning to Greece, Chougkaz joined Ionikos Nikaias, where he had a significant impact. In the 2020-2021 season, he averaged 10.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists over 22 games. The following season, his performance slightly dipped, averaging 7.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists over 12 games.

Panathinaikos (2021-2023): Chougkaz signed with Panathinaikos during the 2021-2022 season. He played limited minutes, averaging 3.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.6 assists over 9 games in his first season. In the 2022-2023 season, he played only 8 games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7 minutes per game.

Peristeri (2022-2024): Chougkaz was loaned to Peristeri towards the end of the 2022-2023 season, where he averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds over 3 games. In the 2023-2024 season, he played 26 games, averaging 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

Future Prospects

As a free agent, Chougkaz is evaluating his options. Despite the offers he has received, he prioritizes staying with Peristeri, aiming to continue his growth and impact in the Greek basketball league.

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