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2019.07.08 16:55

Kaunas Žalgiris updates – Westermann bought out by Fenerbahçe, Kavaliauskas retires

LRT.lt 2019.07.08 16:55

Lithuania's top basketball team, Kaunas Žalgiris, has continued looking for new faces after majority of its players that helped reach the quarter finals in the Euroleague last year, and final four the year before, are due to leave.

It was confirmed on Monday that Léo Westermann was bought out by Instanbul Fenerbahçe, signing the point guard on a two-year contract, according to press reports.

The 26-year-old French national scored on avarage 6,4 points in the Euroleague. He joins Brandon Davies, Deon Thompson, Nate Walters, and Aaron White who are also due to leave Žalgiris.

Meanwhile, Antanas Kavaliauskas announced on social media his retirement from professional basketball. The 34-year-old power forward has played in the Kaunas' club for the past three seasons, and has previously represented clubs in Greece, Italy, Spain, Latvia and Lithuania. He started his career after a season at NCAA, where he played for Texas A&M University, and later, won the U-21 world cup with the Lithuanian national squad.

"I know this decision was unavoidable and I feel I've taken the right step. I couldn't play a full 100 percent, and I used painkillers like 'Skittles'," he wrote, "I couldn't enjoy the games I was playing – this road isn't for me. To step back when you are at the top is not the same, as giving up everything".