By Dimitris Minaretzis/ email@example.com
Negotiations are underway between Olympiacos, Zalgiris Kaunas, and Naz Mitrou-Long. The objective is twofold for the Greek club: to enhance the team’s backcourt and to introduce one more Greek player to Olympiacos, an element notably absent from the roster this year.
Mitrou-Long, who joined Kaunas from Olimpia Milano this summer, has struggled to secure a significant role in Kazys Maksvytis’ rotation, averaging around 10 minutes per game. His stats include 4.1 points per game with a shooting percentage of 47.4% on two-pointers and 28.6% on three-pointers. Additionally, he contributes 1.2 rebounds and one assist on average.
Zalgiris is inclined to release him from his contract, providing Olympiacos with an opportunity to sign the Greek-Canadian guard.
While Mitrou-Long can be released immediately, Zalgiris is expected to request a buyout to secure compensation from Olympiacos, a practice previously observed in the case of Ignas Brazdeikis before the season commenced.
Mitrou-Long, who has initiated the legal procedures for obtaining Greek citizenship, is poised to receive his Greek passport soon, enabling him to compete for Olympiacos without delay in the Greek league as a domestic player. Per EuroLeague rules, he will be eligible to play in the second half of the regular season with last season’s Finalists
Source: Euro Hoops