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Former No. 7 overall pick in the NBA Draft 2015 Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to continue his career in Zalgiris Kaunas, per BasketNews sources.

Emmanuel Mudiay

Emmanuel  Mudiay
Position: PG
Age: 25
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Birth place: Congo (Republic of the)

The 25-year-old guard won't join Zalgiris only if he gets an NBA contract, sources say BasketNews.

NBA Summer League will end on August 17th. In three Las Vegas Summer League games with Portland Trail Blazers, he averaged 8 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per 20 minutes.

Denver Nuggets selected Mudiay with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. In five years, he played for Nuggets, New York Knicks, and Utah Jazz.

Mudiay played his highest-scoring season in 2018-19 when he averaged 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game for the Knicks.

He played his last NBA season in 2019-20. Mudiay averaged 7.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game for the Jazz. The current Zalgiris Kaunas head coach Martin Schiller worked for Jazz affiliate Salt Lake City Stars during the same year.

In the 2020-21 season, Mudiay didn't play a single game. He had offers from the G League and Europe but turned them down due to expectations to remain in the NBA.

Mudiay also has overseas experience. Before making his NBA debut, he chose to go pro in China instead of college in 2014. 1.91 m guard averaged 18 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per 12 CBA games for Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Current roster


Zalgiris Kaunas

Position Player Status
PG Mantas Kalnietis Signed until 2023
PG Lukas Lekavicius Signed until 2022 +1
SG Janis Strelnieks (story) Signed until 2022
SG Arturas Milaknis Signed until 2022
SG Karolis Lukosiunas Contract option +1
SF Niels Giffey (story) Signed until 2022 +1
SF/PF Edgaras Ulanovas (story)
Signed until 2022
PF Tyler Cavanaugh Signed until 2023 +1
C Joffrey Lauvergne Signed until 2022 +1
C Josh Nebo (story) Signed until 2022 +1
C Marek Blazevic Signed until 2023
Coach Martin Schiller
Expired contract Thomas Walkup (not coming back), Marius Grigonis (not coming back), Augustine Rubit (not coming back), Patricio Garino (not coming back), Paulius Jankunas
Rumored to leave Nigel Hayes (story), Martinas Geben (not coming back), Karolis Lukosiunas, Rokas Jokubaitis (not coming back), Steve Vasturia (not coming back), Tomas Dimsa (loan)
Interested Emmanuel Mudiay (story), Jaka Blazic (story), Jaleen Smith
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Zalgiris got money for Royce Oneal not coming, bcz contract was already signed. And here I guess they'r not signing till Mudiay expecting NBA contract.
let's go please don't become the Royce Oneal case once again
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