April 28—Months after Kevin Pangos signed a 2½-year contract with CSKA Moscow only to have his plans altered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the former Gonzaga guard is on the move again .
According to several websites, Pangos have reached an agreement with Olimpia Milano, an Italian LBA club based in Milan.
Pangos’ first stint in the NBA ended in February when he was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The guard didn’t wait long to sign a multi-year contract with CSKA Moscow worth up to $6 million.
The former GU standout never suited up at the Russian club, signing with CSKA Moscow as the nation rallied for their invasion. The Pangos never showed up in Russia and instead stayed in the United States, attending Gonzaga’s West Coast Tournament Championship victory over Saint Mary’s in Las Vegas.
Olimpia Milano bring in Pangos with two of their backcourt stars, Sergio Rodriguez and Malcolm Delaney, whose contracts expire at the end of the current season.
A former All-EuroLeague guard, Pangos played five seasons in Europe, representing Gran Canaria and Barcelona in the Spanish league, Zalgiris in the Lithuanian league and most recently Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia.
The 29-year-old averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds at Zenit, helping the team reach the European qualifiers for the first time in their history.
Pangos’ side were eliminated 3-2 in the playoffs by eventual runners-up Barcelona, but he was still named to the All-Euro League first team.
Pangos leads Gonzaga in career 3-pointers (322), ranks fifth in scoring (1,824 points), third in steals (177), sixth in assists (536) and seventh in shot percentage francs (84.3).
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