Mantas Kalnietis is back at Loko!

In the 2019/20 season, Mantas Kalnietis will be representing Lokomotiv Kuban. The Lithuanian point guard has signed a one-year contract.

Mantas Kalnietis defended the colors of “red-green” for three years (from 12/13 to 14/15) and throughout this time he was one of the key players in the team. With him, Loko won the EuroCup in the 2012/13 season and made its Euroleague debut a year later.

Last season, Mantas Kalnietis was the starting point guard for ASVEL, France. In 19 EuroCup matches he averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 0.9 interceptions. Mantas Kalnietis is a two-time silver medalist of the European Championship (2013, 2015), a bronze medalist of the World Championship (2010), a four-time champion of Lithuania (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012) and the champion of Italy (2018).

Mantas, welcome home!

Luca Banchi, head couch of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

We are very happy to announce the comeback of Kalnietis who already proved his value in the past for Lokomotiv Kuban. The idea is to build a competitive roster and he will be a precious piece for us with his huge European experience. We are in the process to make the right moves and give our fans a proper team and reasons to be happy about.

Ginas Rutkauskas, vice president of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

Mantas Kalnietis is a high-level professional, the main point guard for the Lithuanian national team. For this position, we needed an experienced player who would be able to cement the updated team both on the court and beyond. Mantas spent three years in Krasnodar, the crowd loves him, and he is well acquainted with the club and the city. This is a very necessary transfer for us.

Mantas Kalnietis, point guard of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

I am happy to join Lokofamily again. It`s great to come in an organization and city where everything is well known to me! I have good memories with Loko from the past and I hope we will reach some big achievements in future. Let’s see each other in Basket Hall soon!

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