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Zalgiris Kaunas are showing strong interest in Arnas Butkevicius, the captain of archrival Rytas Vilnius.

Arnas Butkevičius

Arnas  Butkevičius
Team: Rytas Vilnius
Lithuania
Position: SF
Age: 29
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 95 kg
Birth place: Klaipėda, Lithuania

Rokas Pakenas from 24sek.lt was the first to report it, as BasketNews sources confirmed such information.

29-year-old Butkevicius is a well-known player for new Zalgiris head coach Kazys Maksvytis. They worked together in Sakalai Vilnius, Neptunas Klaipeda, and the Lithuanian national youth team.

Butkevicius played his first and so far the only season in the EuroLeague with Neptunas back in the 2014-15 season. The Lithuanian forward averaged 7.0 points and 7.8 PIR.

This season, 1.96-meter Butkevicius captured his first Lithuanian Basketball league (LKL) title with Rytas and was named the final series MVP. In five games against Lietkabelis Panevezys, Butkevicius averaged 11.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 15.6 EFF per game.

In the Basketball Champions League, Butkevicius produced 7.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists averages.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Position Player Status
PG Mantas Kalnietis Signed until 2023
PG Lukas Lekavicius Signed until 2025
SG Karolis Lukosiunas Signed until 2023
SG Tomas Dimsa Signed until 2022 +1
SF Niels Giffey Signed until 2022 1
SF/PF Edgaras Ulanovas Signed until 2024
PF Tyler Cavanaugh Signed until 2023 +1
C Joffrey Lauvergne Signed until 2022 +1
C Josh Nebo Signed until 2022 +1
C Marek Blazevic Signed until 2022 +1
C Laurynas Birutis (story) Signed until 2024
Coach Kazys Maksvytis (story)
Expired contract Tai Webster, Janis Strelnieks, Arturas Milaknis, Paulius Jankunas (retiring), Regimantas Miniotas
Rumored to leave Joffrey Lauvergne, Josh Nebo (story), Niels Giffey, Janis Strelnieks, Tai Webster, Paulius Jankunas (retiring), Arturas Milaknis, Regimantas Miniotas, Marek Blazevic (won't come back)
Interested Arnas Butkevicius (story), Chris Jones (story), Marius Grigonis, Eigirdas Zukauskas, Arturas Gudaitis, Donatas Motiejunas, Kyle Allman, Caleb Homesley, Darius Thompson (story)

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Free throws this season

80%
11,5
Points made: 11,5
Accuracy: 80,0%
Place in standings: 11
Record max: 35
Record min: 4
Most made FTs: Lukas Lekavičius