There is already a second newcomer in the composition of “Žalgiris” Kaunas for the coming season. Lauryns Birutis, who signed a contract with the club, was joined by another Lithuanian Arnas Butkevičius.
The member of the Lithuanian men’s basketball team played in the capital in recent years, was the captain of the Vilnius “Ryto” team, won the title of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) in his last season and was recognized as the most valuable player of the final series.
In the last season of the Lithuanian Basketball League, the light winger averaged 8.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 13 assists per game, and averaged 11 points and 15 assists in the final series ,6 utility points.
A. Butkevičius showed similar numbers in the Champions League tournament. There, the 29-year-old basketball player scored 7.4 points and 5 rebounds.
“First of all, I would like to thank the “Zalgiris” organization for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to show myself at the highest level. I can promise that I will always give my all to the team and fight for victories, – A. Butkevičius told Žalgiris.lt. – The decision was not difficult, because “Žalgiris” and coach Kazys showed great attention and desire to see me in the team, so the negotiations did not last long. I know that this is a team that always sets the highest goals and achieves the highest results. I look forward to the time when I can contribute to the creation of the club’s history.”
A. Butkevičius has represented the youth team of “Žalgiris” in the Euroleague youth tournament. During his career, he has also worn the shirts of Neringa “Kuršių”, Vilnius “Sakalų”, Panevėžys “Lietkabel” and Klaipėda “Neptun”. With the latter club, when it was managed by the current coach of “Žalgiris” Kazys Maksvytis, A. Butkevičius made his debut in the Euroleague.
“Arno’s stability and abilities have not been in doubt in recent years, so we wanted to see him in Kaunas. We are well acquainted with each other, we worked together in the Euroleague, so this will facilitate the adaptation period and help Arn to integrate into the team as soon as possible,” said K. Maksvytis, who previously worked with A. Butkevičius.
“Žalgiris” club concluded a two-year contract with A. Butkevičius.