Zalgiris extends Valinskas, Masiulis

December 20, 13:30

Two of the best young players in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague are set to stay in basketball-crazy Lithuania, as Zalgiris Kaunas announced multi-year contract extensions with guard Paulius Valinskas and forward Gytis Masiulis on Friday. 


Valinskas (1.91 meters, 22 years old) signed a deal until the end of the 2020-21 season. He averages 3.6 points in 12 EuroLeague games off the bench this season, having scored 11 in less than 6 minutes against mighty CSKA Moscow. Born in Kaunas and raised with Zalgiris, he already helped his team win the Lithuanian League title in 2017. Valinskas has also been a member of the Lithuanian U16, U17, U18 and U20 national teams. Masiulis (2.06 meters, 19 years old) averages 2.3 points in his four EuroLeague games until now. Masiulis, whose father Tomas won the EuroLeague title with Zalgiris in 1999, has been successful with the club's youth categories, winning the Kaunas ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT twice in 2015 and 2016. He also won a silver and bronze medal, respectively, at the 2015 and 2016 U18 European Championships. He has also been a member of the Lithuanian senior national team. "This was not a quick decision made in one day. Both Paulius and Gytis proved with their game and their work during and after the workouts that they can be important for us in the future," Zalgiris sports director Robertas Javtokas said. "These two young basketball players grew up with us and need to continue to improve, and we will try to give them the best conditions to do so."