Unics Kazan added an experienced piece to its frontcourt with the signing of center Grigory Shukhovtcov. The contract is for one season with an option for 2018-19. Shukhovtcov (2.12 meters, 34 years old) arrives from Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, where he has spent the past two seasons. He averaged 2.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in a limited role in the VTB United League and did not appear in the 7DAYS EuroCup. Shukhovtcov previously spent four seasons with Lokomotiv from 2009 through 2013. He grew up in the Dynamo Moscow system and also played for that club’s senior team in addition to CSKA Moscow and Neptunas Klaipeda and Sakalai of Lithuania.