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Reggio Emilia lands Lavrinovic
Jul 31, 2014
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia added size, range and experience to its roster by inking veteran big man Darjus Lavrinovic to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Lavrinovic (2.12 meters, 34 years old) arrives from Budivelnik Kiev, which he helped reach the Eurocup semifinals and win the Ukrainian double - league and cup titles - last season. Lavrinovic shined in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, averaging 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 10 games. He earned regular season Game 9 MVP honors with a monster performance - missing just one shot on his way to 29 points and 10 rebounds. He added 4 assists and 3 blocked shot for a performance index rating of 44. It was the top-rated performance by any Euroleague player last season and the second-best of the last four years. Once Budivelnik went to the Eurocup, Lavrinovic boosted his numbers to 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 10 games and earned Eighthfinals Game 1 MVP honors.
Lavrinovic was a 2005-06 All-Euroleague Second Team selection playing for Zalgiris Kaunas. Lavrinovic spent a season each with Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce Ulker in addition to four Euroleague campaigns with Zalgiris. He also played for Alytus Alita in Lithuania and Unics Kazan and Dynamo Moscow in Russia. Lavrinovic boasts a full trophy cupboard with domestic championships won in Lithuania, Russia and Turkey as well as victories in both the Baltic and VTB United Leagues. Lavrinovic has also been a member of the Lithuanian national team. He helped Lithuania win the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2007 and reach the Olympic Games semifinals in Beijing 2008.
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