From Russia with Love

09/Aug/22 16:09 August 9, 2022

Giannis Askounis

09/Aug/22 16:09

Players departing from Russian teams have been scattered all around the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague

By Stelios Toromanidis, adapted by Johnny Askounis/

After withdrawing the participation of CSKA, Zenit, and UNICS from the 2021-22 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing war, Euroleague Basketball excluded the Russian teams from the 2022-23 season. Consequently, departing players moved elsewhere to stay in the top club competition of the continent.

Rosters diminished and respective budgets drastically reduced as the aforementioned teams are preparing to focus on the VTB United League competition instead of combining it with EuroLeague, the usual route before the war. Players, including multiple household names of EuroLeague, moving on from Russia shifted the balance of power in Europe.

Eurohoops listed the outgoing players attached with the new destinations when available checking which teams benefited the most by improving respective squads entering the 2022-23 season.

CSKA’s 7, Zenit’s 5, UNICS’ 5 in EuroLeague and 3 free agents

Former players of CSKA, Zenit, and UNICS opting to stay in the EuroLeague amount to 17, signing with nine separate clubs. The offseason practically extended to March sending interested parties into the market as some players became available earlier than usual. Additional players surfacing in the normal offseason were snatched as well. Three more players are still free agents.