Faced with injuries to its big men, Khimki Moscow Region has moved to shore up its frontcourt before the Top 16 by signing veteran center Dmitry Sokolov until the end of the season.
Sokolov (2.14 meters, 30 years old) has played so far this season with Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd and averaged 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 21 minutes per game in Eurocup play. Sokolov brings Euroleague experience based on his five seasons and 43 games in the competition between 2009 and last season, all with CSKA Moscow and Unics Kazan, with career averages of 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. He now played at total of 61 games in the Eurocup, too, where he has 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, playing all those seasons until this one with Unics. Sokolov had won at least one domestic trophy in Russia each year between 2009 and 2014.
Khimki has played most of the last three Euroleague games without centers Paul Davis and Ruslan Pavleev due to injury.
"We are happy to welcome Dmitry Sokolov to our club. He plays at the center position, a rare one among Russian players," Pavel Astakhov, the general manager of BC Khimki, said. "Moreover, he has great experience of playing at a high level. Due to the fact that Ruslan Pateev is out of an eye injury for a long time, we needed to strengthen this position. "
Sokolov's former team, Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd, was eliminated from the Eurocup prior to this week's final game of the regular season.
"Everything happened quickly and unexpectedly," Sokolov said. "For me it is an opportunity to return to a high level as BC Khimki is a top club of the Euroleague. I will do all my best to be useful to the team."