Zenit St Petersburg strengthened its backcourt by signing playmaker Dmitry Khvostov to a three-year deal, the club announced Wednesday. Khvostov (1.90 meters, 29 years old) arrives from Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, where he played the last three seasons. He averaged 5.9 points on 41.9% three-point shooting and 3.3 assists in 18 7DAYS EuroCup games last season. Khvostov started his career with Dynamo Moscow and also played for Khimki Moscow Region and Nizhny Novgorod before joining Lokomotiv in 2016. Khvostov ranks second on the all-time EuroCup assists board (404) behind only Stefan Markovic (491). He helped the Russian national team to respective bronze medals at EuroBasket 2011 and the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, England. Khvostov is set to return to the EuroLeague for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
"I am glad to have the opportunity to play for Zenit in St Petersburg. Zenit is a disciplined team able to get out of difficult situations, as they proved last season," Khvostov said after the agreement. "I want to thanks our general director Alexander Tserkovny and head coach Joan Plaza for the opportunity and their confidence. I will be ready to return to the floor and fulfill my role, 100%."