Khimki Moscow Region bolstered its frontcourt by signing center Andrey Desiatnikov to a two-year deal with an option for the 2021-22 season, the club announced Thursday. Desiatnikov (2.21 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Zenit St. Petersburg, where he averaged 5.2 points in 12 VTB United League games last season in an injury-shortened campaign. He only took part in two 7DAYS EuroCup contests. Desiatnikov started his career with his hometown team, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok before joining Triumph Lyubertsy in 2011. He also played for King Szczecin of Poland and has been a member of the Russian national team.
"I am very glad to be in Khimki, you don’t think about such an offer for a long time," Desiatnikov said after the agreement. "My wife Aili is a Khimki cheerleader, she was mad for yellow-blue even before we met and went to all the games when she lived in Moscow. I do not know who her favorite Khimki player is, but now it will be me! I have great expectations from the coming EuroLeague season. I am glad for this opportunity and will give my best."