Zalgiris Kaunas are interested in Belgian Ismael Bako, according to

Ismael Bako

Ismael  Bako
Team: BAXI Manresa
Position: C
Age: 26
Height: 208 cm
Weight: 95 kg
Birth place: Leuven, Belgium

BasketNews sources confirm that Zalgiris are considering acquiring the 26-year-old big man, now representing BAXI Manresa.

BasketNews sources add that Bako's contract with the Spanish team provides a buyout option until December.

Before coming to Manresa, Bako competed in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for the last two seasons (2019-21). Playing for LDCL ASVEL Villeurbanne, he posted 5.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 6.1 PIR over 51 games.

This season, the 2.08-meter Belgian is averaging 22 minutes in the Liga ACB and registering 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds.

In the FIBA Champions League, the averages are a bit lower - 9 points and 4.7 boards.

With ASVEL, Bako became the champion of the French Cup and League. Representing Antwerp Giants (2017-19) in Belgium, he also won the Cup and became the tournament MVP.

Two newcomers, Zoran Dragic and Tai Webster, have recently joined Zalgiris. The Lithuanian powerhouse terminated the contract with Emmanuel Mudiay by mutual agreement.

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