The headline highlights the latest development in the professional basketball career of Austin Hollins, who recently departed from Žalgiris, the renowned team based in Kaunas. Following a brief five-week trial period with Žalgiris, Hollins has now found a new home for the remainder of the season with the AEK club in Athens. Notably, his tenure with AEK coincides with the absence of Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who is currently recovering from an injury.
AEK, a prominent team in Greek basketball, has achieved significant success by advancing to the Top 16 stage of the FIBA Champions League. The club officially announced the signing of a contract with the 32-year-old American player, securing his services until the conclusion of the ongoing season. In the domestic Greek league, AEK has demonstrated a competitive edge with six victories in 14 games, positioning themselves at 6-7 in the standings.
During his time at Žalgiris, Hollins participated in 11 games. However, despite his on-court contributions, he was unable to convince the newly appointed coach, Andrea Trinchieri, and the management of Žalgiris to extend his stay until the conclusion of the season. In the EuroLeague, Hollins averaged 12 minutes of play per game, contributing an average of 3.9 points, showcasing his skills on the European basketball stage. This move to AEK marks a new chapter for Hollins, providing him with an opportunity to make an impact in a different basketball environment and contribute to the success of his new team in the ongoing season.