CSKA Moscow continued building for the 2020-21 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season by reeling in one of the most accomplished young centers anywhere, Nikola Milutinov, for the next three seasons, the club announced on Tuesday. Milutinov (2.13 meters, 25 years old) already has six seasons of EuroLeague experience, two with Partizan Belgrade in his native Serbia and five with Olympiacos Piraeus of Greece. Milutinov averaged 10.3 points and a EuroLeague-leading 8.2 rebounds during the incomplete 2019-20 season, ranking fifth in performance index rating at 19.2 per game. He also ranks second in total rebounds collected, with 701, since the start of the 2016-17 season, and seventh in blocks, with 81. That was the season in which Milutinov became a part-time starter and helped Olympiacos finish as EuroLeague runner-up to Fenerbahce Istanbul. In his only Final Four, Milutinov did not miss a field goal attempt, making all 7 of his 7 two-point tries over two games.
"After five years with Olympiacos, it was time for new chapter in my basketball life," Milutinov said of signing with CSKA. "So far in my career, all the decisions I've made were more or less difficult, but not this one. A club with great tradition, a president who lives for his team, a trophy coach, a great organization, powerful and beautiful Moscow. I am honored to be a player of CSKA Moscow and aware of the responsibility and goals that this famous name carries. I can't wait for a new beginning. See you soon in Moscow!"