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With the long-term future in mind, Olimpia Milano president Livio Proli wants to keep new signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas for as long as he can.

Milano signed Kuzminskas last weekend on a season-long deal with the option of acquiring him next year as well after the Lithuanian forward was waived by the New York Knicks.

Kuzminskas’ arrival is much needed as Milano, who have lost six of their last seven games currently sit at the bottom of the EuroLeague standings ahead of Friday’s trip to Piraeus to face Olympiacos, where the 28-year-old is expected to make his debut.

And Proli is already thinking beyond this season, as he wants Kuzminskas to be on the roster for the next campaign as well.

“We want to keep him next season,” Proli told Gazzetta Dello Sport. “This is an acquisition towards our growth in the long run. We made this addition because our fanbase deserves the best roster. Unfortunately, Kuzminskas became available now, we could’ve signed him a month ago.”

Kuzminskas last featured in the EuroLeague with Unicaja Malaga back in the 2015-2016 season, averaging 12 points a game. Milano need the forward to make an instant impact as they head into the second half of the season.