After a season in which it won the domestic triple crown, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade made its first off season move the resigning of guard Branko Lazic to a two-year deal on Thursday. Considered to be team's best perimeter defender, Lazic (1.94 meters, 26 years old) started 13 of 19 Euroleague games last season and averaged 3.9 points and 1.5 rebounds. He also posted 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds on the way to the Adriatic League title, and 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in helping Zvezda win the Serbian League crown last season. Lazic is the longest-tenured player with the team. He previously played with FMP Zeleznik, where he started his professional career before arriving to Zvezda in 2011.
“I am very glad that I will stay with Crvena Zvezda. I am really happy that my hope to stay met Zvezda’s wish to keep me,” Lazic said. “I think I improved last season in which we achieved fantastic results and won three trophies. It will give me extra motivation to work even harder, but I am especially pleased I will have more chances to play in front of the unbelievable Zvezda fans.”