CSKA Moscow brings back Kurbanov

Jun 15, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
CSKA Moscow brings back Kurbanov
CSKA Moscow started to build its roster for the foreseeable future by inking a former Euroleague champion, small forward Nikita Kurbanov, to a two-year deal on Monday. Kurbanov (2.02 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, where he averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in 20 Eurocup games last season, helping that club set a new record for most consecutive wins, 20, in that competition's history. He helped Lokomotiv reach the Eurocup quarterfinals and the VTB League semifinals. Kurbanov joined CSKA in 2002 and was a fulltime member of the team since the 2004-05 season. He helped CSKA win the Euroleague title in 2006 and also lifted back-to-back Russian League trophies before being sent on loan to Unics Kazan in February 2007. Kurbanov played for Spartak St. Petersburg before returning to CSKA in 2009, helping it win another Russian League title in 2010 and VTB League trophies in 2010 and 2012. Kurbanov has played 66 games with CSKA in six Euroleague seasons with the club, scoring 132 points and stepping on court in three Final Fours. He also lifted the Russian Cup trophy with Unics Kazan in 2014. "We are happy to have Nikita back in CSKA. In recent years, he proved that he belongs to the top level," head coach Dimitris Itoudis said. "Kurbanov gives us size, explosiveness, motivation and aggresiveness at small forward. We have already talked and he is very enthusiastic about his comeback."