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On the celebration of the coronation of King Mindaugas on Wednesday, well-known Lithuanian basketballer Mindaugas Kuzminskas left for New York to sign a contract with the NBA's New York Knicks.

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Lithuania's Mindaugas Kuzminskas to join the NY Knicks
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Though he is currently practicing for the Olympics with the Lithuanian national team, he left for New York briefly to sign a 2-year contract with the Knicks that will earn him about $6,000,00 USD before taxes. This makes Kuzminskas the fourth Lithuanian basketballer who will be playing in the NBA next season.

In addition to Kuzminskas, Jonas Valančiūnas (Toronto Raptors), Donatas Motiejūnas (Houston Rockets) and Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City Thunder), Egidijus Mockevičius may also wind up playing in the NBA – with the Brooklyn Nets.

When asked by Lrytas.lt whether he had a favourite player on the Knicks, Kuzminskas said, “last season, Kristaps Porzingis positively surprised me. I have no doubt that it will also be interesting to compete together with players like Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose.”

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