Coming off one of the best seasons in club history, Lietkabelis Panevezys continued planning big things for the upcoming campaign by keeping two seasoned veterans, signing new one-year deals with power forwards Ksistof and Darjus Lavrinovic, club announced on Friday. Ksistof (2.09 meters, 37 years old) averaged 12 points on 54.1% three-point shooting, with 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 steal in club’s 7DAYS EuroCup debut season. He was team’s second best scorer and top rebounder, and was second in all of EuroCup in three-point accuracy. He also posted 12.9 points with 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in Lithuanian League action as the team reached playoff finals. Ksistof is a former two-time All-EuroLeague selection, who helped Unics reach the 2007 EuroCup semifinals and was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in both 2008 and 2011 with Montepaschi Siena, which he helped lead to the EuroLeague Final Four in both seasons. He also won five Italian League championships and four Italian Cups with Siena. Ksistof began his career with Alita Alytus and has also suited up for Dynamo Moscow and Ural Great in Russia, Valencia Basket in Spain and Zalgiris Kaunas and Lietuvos Rytas in his native country. He helped Lithuania win the gold medal at EuroBasket 2003, a bronze in EuroBasket 2007 and a silver medal at the EuroBasket 2013.
Darjus (2.12 meters, 37 years old) has played a limited role last season, averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11 minutes per game in EuroCup action, and had 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in the Lithuanian League. He is among a select list of players to be named to both the All-EuroLeague and All-EuroCup teams. He was named a 2005-06 All-EuroLeague Second Team selection with Zalgiris Kaunas and chosen to the 2013-14 All-EuroCup Second Team with Budivelnik Kiev. During his career, Darjus played four seasons with Zalgiris, two with Unics Kazan in Russia, and also a season each with Real Madrid in Spain, CSKA Moscow and Dynamo Moscow in Russia, Fenerbahce Istanbul in Turkey, and Reggio Emilia in Italy. Darjus won a silver and a bronze medal at the EuroBasket with the Lithuanian national team.