Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas continue their quest for defending their title after being eliminated from the EuroLeague playoffs.

The team is already planning for the next season. According to journalist Donatas Urbonas, Zalgiris is in advanced talks with German League MVP candidate Jaleen Smith.

Zalgiris is set to face competition for Smith’s signature as other EuroLeague teams are also targeting the player.

The 26-year-old American point guard is averaging 16.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists per game for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg this season.