VTB League moves: Xavi Pascual, Okaro White and Louis Labeyrie reportedly staying put

2023-06-23T15:59:31+00:00 2023-06-23T15:59:31+00:00.

Nikola Miloradovic

23/Jun/23 15:59


Xavi Pascual is expected to lead Zenit for another season, Okaro White to re-sign with Lokomotiv Kuban, Louis Labeyrie with Unics

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

First reported by the Russian outlet Sport Express, Xavi Pascual will stay for another season with BC Zenit Saint Petersburg.

The Spanish coach has been the subject of numerous rumors across Europe, but reportedly did not receive an offer that best suited him. He is highly motivated to bring the championship title back to Zenit.

Pascual was rumored to be in contention for the head coaching position at Monaco, but the club decided to continue with Sasa Obradovic.

Similarly, Anadolu Efes considered Pascual as a potential candidate to take over the team after Ergin Ataman, but ultimately chose Erdem Can for the job.

Xavi Pascual joined Zenit in 2020 and signed a contract extension last summer for an additional three years. In 2022, he led the St. Petersburg club to the VTB League title.

Lokomotiv Kuban re-signed White, Labeyrie inked new deal with UNICS

Regarding the VTB League, teams have made significant efforts to retain as many foreign players as possible. According to Artem Komarov, Lokomotiv Kuban and UNICS have successfully convinced Okaro White and Louis Labeyrie to stay.

Komarov reports that Lokomotiv Kuban has re-signed White, and he will remain in Krasnodar. White joined the team in January and played 21 games, averaging 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Meanwhile, former French national team player Labeyrie has signed a two-year deal with the Kazan team. Labeyrie spent the entire previous season with the champions, averaging 11.6 points and 6.6 rebounds.