Lithuanian champions have already made the first on their roster ahead of the new season. It is now clear who will be the club’s main point guards.
The veteran point guard DeJuan Collins will stay in Zalgiris for one more season after signing one-year contract extension. 34-year-old American enjoyed a successful season finale being the second most valuable player on the team.
It was the third season with Zalgiris for Collins who played for the Greens in 2007-2009 before making a return last summer.
The player himself is delighted with the conditions that has in Kaunas and the negotations regarding the new contract were smooth and quick.
Collins will be a back up point guard to Mantas Kalnietis who will become the team’s main playmaker. A young Lithuanian point guard will be brought as a third option since Zalgiris has a few players at that position who were playing on loan at other clubs.
Aleksandar Capin was the club’s third point guard this season but it was decided that the Serbian guard will not be on roster next season. Zalgiris exercised the option to terminate Capin’s contract since the player wasn’t playing much.
Zalgiris will also keep all of its Lithuanian players. The things are different regarding the foreigners. Only Omar Samhan is contracted for next season while the contracts of other players expired.
The future of the head coach Ilias Zouros isn’t clear either. Zouros was delighted with how the season finished for Zalgiris, however, newly appointed head coach of Greece was cautious when speaking about the possibility of him staying in Kaunas for another year.
Paulius Motiejunas, Zalgiris GM, said that once the negotiations between Zouros and the club will start next week.
There were rumours earlier this year that Zouros will not stay in Zalgiris after he was handed reins of Greek national team. The coach himself denied such speculations instantly.
In addition there were talks that Kestutis Kemzura, head coach of Lithuania will be joining Zalgiris in summer.