Zalgiris eyeing EuroCup standout Darius Thompson

Jonas Lekšas
Staff Writer
2022-06-06 17:08
Credit: Imago Images-Scanpix
Credit Imago Images-Scanpix

Zalgiris Kaunas are targeting another guard. According to BasketNews sources, the Lithuanian powerhouse is actively monitoring the situation of Darius Thompson.

Via our sources, Zalgiris first want to solve the issue of the main point guard and then match the shooting guard alongside him.

As it was previously reported, Zalgiris are pursuing Chris Jones for the main point guard spot.

Points this season

Points made: 73,0
Accuracy: 44,9%
Place in standings: 16
Record max: 103
Record min: 51
Best scorer: Lukas Lekavičius

According to sources, the 27-year-old Thompson is more seen in the shooting guard position, taking over the playmaker's reins at times.

Thompson's situation is complicated due to the fact that he signed a two-year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar last summer and has not yet terminated the deal.

The 1.93-meter American left Krasnodar as soon as Russia started the war in Ukraine. Until then, Thompson averaged 12.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.8 steals, and 17.9 PIR over 11 EuroCup matches.

Thompson was fifth in the competition by assists and seventh in terms of PIR.

Thompson arrived at Lokomotiv after two seasons with Happy Casa Brindisi. In both seasons in Italy, the guard also competed in the FIBA Basketball Champions League, where he recorded 12.1 points and 5.2 assists in the 2020-21 campaign.

After NCAA, Thompson began his professional career in the 2018-19 season at ZZ Leiden. During his first year in Europe, Thompson became the MVP of the Dutch League.

Current roster

Zalgiris Kaunas

Position Player Status
PG Mantas Kalnietis Signed until 2023
PG Lukas Lekavicius Signed until 2025
SG Karolis Lukosiunas Signed until 2023
SG Tomas Dimsa Signed until 2022 +1
SF Niels Giffey Signed until 2022 +1
SF/PF Edgaras Ulanovas
Signed until 2024
PF Tyler Cavanaugh Signed until 2023 +1
C Joffrey Lauvergne Signed until 2022 +1
C Josh Nebo Signed until 2022 +1
C Marek Blazevic Signed until 2022 +1
Coach Kazys Maksvytis (story)
Expired contract Tai Webster, Janis Strelnieks, Arturas Milaknis, Paulius Jankunas (retiring), Regimantas Miniotas
Rumored to leave Joffrey Lauvergne, Josh Nebo (story), Niels Giffey, Janis Strelnieks, Tai Webster, Paulius Jankunas (retiring), Arturas Milaknis, Regimantas Miniotas
Interested Chris Jones (story), Marius Grigonis, Eigirdas Zukauskas, Arturas Gudaitis, Donatas Motiejunas, Kyle Allman, Caleb Homesley, Darius Thompson (story)

See all the EuroLeague transfer market news here.


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