The 30-year-old former player of Angelico Biella, Lokomotiv Kuban, Partizan Belgrade, Fenerbahçe joined the Greek Cup winners from Unicaja Málaga in December 2012, as part of a “trade” with Andy Panko that changed the fate of Panathinaikos for the better, since they won two doubles (2013-2014) in a row with the athletic American as one of their best performers.
Argyris Pedoulakis returned to the Greens in April, after Euroleague's elimination against Laboral Kutxa, and start working with James Gist at center position, a plan that helped him prove his defensive ability once again, especially against the opponents' guards, and increased power forward Antonis Fotsis' playing time during Basket League's Play Offs.
Still, the 30-year-old American, who had missed last season's finals against Olympiakos because he was tested positive for marijuana use earlier, stayed out late at night before the 4th semi final against Aris at Thessaloniki and the experienced coach excluded him from the match squad, along with his teammates MarQuez Haynes and James Feldeine.
James Gist was one of the fans' favorite until then, but he disappointed them with that disciplinary offence and it seems that they are not willing to forget his behavior even if he tried hard to turn things around during Basket League's finals, especially at Game 4 against Olympiakos, with his great performance in defense and attack (mostly at second overtime) in spite of fatigue issues.
According to SDNA's information, the 52-year-old former coach of Unics Kazan, who will remain on Panathinaikos' bench at 2016-17, wants to create a strong, fast and athletic frontline with Antonis Fotsis, Giorgos Papagiannis, the American power forward and two new signings of Stephane Lasme's playing style, or the experienced Gabonese center of Galatasary SK himself.
That means that James Gist, whose current contract with the Greek Cup winners expires at summer of 2017, still has some chances to remain a member of the club in spite of his disciplinary offences, because Argyris Pedoulakis has definitely faith in his ability and do not want to search the market for three (instead of just two) power forwards/centers ahead of next season.