Zalgiris Kaunas has made a major change in its backcourt, signing point guard Tai Webster for the remainder of the season to replace Emmanuel Mudiay, the club announced Tuesday. Webster (1.93 meters, 26 years old) returns to Europe after spending a season in his native New Zealand. He averaged 17.2 points, 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals for the New Zealand Breakers last season. Before that, he played three seasons in Europe, including two in the 7DAYS EuroCup with Galatasaray Istanbul. Webster averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 assists in 25 EuroCup games between 2018 and 2020. He has also played professionally for Fraport Skyliners in Germany and collegiately for the University of Nebraska as well as for the New Zealand national team, the Tall Blacks.
Mudiay appeared in five games in this, his first EuroLeague season, for Zalgiris, averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds. He and Zalgiris cut short their contract by mutual agreement, the club said in its announcement.