By John Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
CSKA Moscow and Daniel Hackett agreed to extend their contract for two more years, the Russian club announced on Friday. The 32-year-old guard committed himself up to the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.
Moving through his second campaign at Moscow is averaging 7.5 points, 2.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per 2019-20 EuroLeague appearance. Also has 10.1 points per VTB United League contest to display.
“Since I arrived in Moscow in August of 2018 I witnessed and understood what is like to be part of the CSKA family,” he mentioned upon signing his new contract, “Top level organization and winning culture are only a few of the special things that make it one of the best basketball club in the world. Myself and my family are extremely grateful and happy that we can officially call CSKA Moscow our home for more years to come.”
“I want to say a big Thank You to our president, to our coach, the ownership, the management, the coaching staff, my past and present teammates, the medical staff, the media team and all the people working for our Club,” added Hackett, “Thank you for accepting me for who I am, and for helping me become a better player and a better person. Thank you for all your dedication and for your trust.”
His team is currently tied for fourth place in EuroLeague with a 16-8 W-L record. In VTB sits second behind its 14-4 tally. Key 2019-20 challenges are ahead.
“I look forward to push myself and my teammates to improve every day, as we strive for many more victories and trophies,” he said looking into the future, “Last but not least, thank you to all our fans for the support you showed us through good or bad days, you guys are great. Keep Pushing, always.”
Joined CSKA in 2018, since has emerged as one of the best defenders for Dimitris Itoudis’ team. The Greek head coach and his staff values Hackett’s versatility.
“Me and everybody in the club highly evaluated the contribution Dani made during last year and this season, and we decided to extend collaboration with him,” noted Itoudis, “I hope God will keep him safe so he will continue to improve his game. From the very first moment he felt that CSKA is his family. It is very important for the player to feel that this is his team. And we are happy for that.”