Defending Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion CSKA Moscow fortified its backcourt by signing a two-year deal with Janis Strelnieks, the club announced Monday. The veteran playmaker arrives from Olympiacos Piraeus, where he spent the last two seasons. Strelnieks (1.91 meters, 29 years old) averaged 8.8 points on 45.9% three-point shooting and 86.8% free throw accuracy in 20 EuroLeague games last season.
He brings plenty of EuroLeague experience with him - CSKA will be Strelnieks's fourth team in the competition; before Olympiacos, he played for Budivelnik Kiev of Ukraine and Brose Bamberg of Germany. Strelnieks has also played for Ventspils of his native Latvia and Spartak St. Petersburg of Russia, which he led to the EuroCup semifinals in 2012. He has been a league champion in three different countries: Latvia (2009), Ukraine (2014) and Germany (2015, 2016, 2017). Strelnieks also lifted the 2014 Ukranian Cup with Budivelnik and won the 2017 German Cup with Bamberg. He is a regular on the Latvian national team, too. Strelnieks ranks seventh on the EuroLeague's all-time free throw shooting percentage list at 90.6% (174 of 192).