Real Madrid tabs Darjus Lavrinovic

Jun 26, 2009 by Print
Darjus Lavrinovic - DynamoReal Madrid has signed former All-Euroleague selection Darjus Lavrinovic, bringing the center back to Europe's signature competition for the first time in three seasons. The contract is for one season with a team option for a second year. Lavrinovic (212, 29) arrives from Dynamo Moscow, where he averaged 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and one block in 13 Eurocup games last season, helping the club reach the Russian Cup final and the Eurocup Final Eight. Lavrinovic is the twin brother of Montepaschi Siena big man Ksistof Lavrinovic, an All-Euroleague second team selection in 2008. Darjus Lavrinovic has also played for Unics Kazan in Russia as well as for Zalgiris and Alytus Alita in his native Lithuania. Lavrinovic won back-to-back Lithuanian League titles with Zalgiris in 2004 and 2005 and also lifted the Baltic League trophy in 2005. He was an All-Euroleague second team selection in 2006 when he averaged 14.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 20 games for Zalgiris. Among his other career highlights are reaching the 2007 ULEB Cup semifinals and the 2008 ULEB Cup Final Eight with Unics. Lavrinovic is a regular member of the Lithuanian national team and won the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2007. He also holds a Euroleague Top 16 single-game record with 7 blocks, set with Zalgiris against Panathinaikos on March 17, 2005.