Mateusz Ponitka officially joined Panathinaikos Athens from UnaHotels Reggio Emilia after both clubs agreed on a deal.

Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

After registering just the fourth triple-double in EuroBasket history earlier this month, Mateusz Ponitka has received significant attention from EuroLeague clubs. His efforts with the national team have now materialized.

As reported earlier, Ponitka has now officially moved to Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. The club has announced that the Polish player has agreed on a one-year contract.

UnaHotels Reggio Emilia announced that the club has reached a deal with PAO for the rights of Ponitka. Panathinaikos' official announcement is expected tomorrow.

According to Sportando, the Greek club is expected to pay a €100,000 buyout for the previous Ponitka's club Reggio Emilia, with whom the player had signed a three-month contract earlier this summer.

The Polish forward scored 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists in the quarterfinal match against Luka Doncic's Slovenia en route to the biggest upset in modern EuroBasket history.

It will be the fourth EuroLeague season in a row for the forward, having spent the previous three with Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Ponitka averaged 4.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists for Zenit last season in the EuroLeague. His numbers in EuroBasket 2022 were significantly better - 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in 27 minutes of play for the Polish national team.

Panathinaikos Athens

Position Player Status
PG Paris Lee (story) Signed until 2023 +1
PG Stefan Jovic Signed until 2022 + 1
PG Nate Wolters (story) Signed until 2023
PG Lefteris Bochoridis (story)
Signed until 2023
PG/SG Andrew Andrews (story) Signed until 2024
SG Georgios Kalaitzakis (story) Signed until 2024
SG/SF Panagiotis Kalaitzakis (story) Signed until 2024 +1
SG Marius Grigonis (story) Signed until 2024
SF Mateusz Ponitka Signed until 2023
SF/PF Lefteris Mantzoukas
Signed until 2025
SF/PF Derrick Williams (story) Signed until 2023
PF Nikos Chougkaz Signed until 2025
C Giorgos Papagiannis Signed until 2023
C Arturas Gudaitis (story) Signed until 2023
Coach Dejan Radonjic (story)
Expired contract Howard Sant-Roos (will not return), Vassilis Kavvadas (will not return), Giorgos Vovoras (will not return), Peyton Siva (will not return), Leonidas Kaselakis (will not return), Jeremy Evans, Nemanja Nedovic (will not return), Daryl Macon (will not return), Ioannis Papapetrou (will not return)
Rumored to leave Stefan Jovic
Show comments
Thank you for reporting a comment

Add comment

We have the right to remove comments which are offensive, contains abusive language, or violates other rules of the website