Veel juuni alguses ütles Kavaliauskas Leedu meediale, et soovib Žalgirises jätkata, aga paar puhkusenädalat panid teda meelt muutma.

"Sel ajal polnud ma veel kindel, et profikarjääriga on lõpp. Aga on tulnud aeg, et avada oma elus uus lehekülg. See otsus ei tulnud üleöö. Tegin selle rahuliku südame ja naerul näoga. Olin lõpetamisele juba varem mõelnud, eriti arvestades mu viimase hooaja vigastusi," kirjutas 208 cm pikkune tsenter oma Instagrami lehel.

"Jätkata mängimist, kui ma ei tunne ennast sajaprotsendiliselt, olla oma esituste üle õnnetu ja neelata iga päev valuvaigisteid nagu Skittlesi komme, poleks olnud õige tee," lisas ta.

Kavaliauskas tuli pika karjääri jooksul kolmel korral Leedu ja kahel korral Läti meistriks, Leedu koondisega võitis ta 2015. aasta EM-il hõbemedali.

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June 1st 2019 was my last game professionally. It was a championship game, the last game of the season and at that time I was not sure that it was my last game as a professional basketball player. The time has come for me to open a new chapter in my life, and for those who know me well know that I would have liked to slip away unnoticed, just move on and not say anything, but the right thing to do is say thank you to all the people that were involved in my basketball life. It was not an overnight decision. I made this decision with a calmness in my heart and a smile on my face Something I have been contemplating for some time now, especially with my injuries this season. Thank you everyone who I had a chance to play with and play against. Thank you to my family for being there every single day. Thank you to all the coaches that I had the opportunity to learn from and work with. Finally a big thank you to BC Zalgiris for welcoming me and giving me the opportunity to play for such an incredible organization. I could not be prouder to have worn the green and white and time I spent in Kaunas and all that we accomplished together will never be forgotten (always in my heart). I knew this change was inevitable, and at this time it feels right to make this change now. To continue play not at my 100%, take pain pills like skittles every day and not be happy with my own performance is not the way to do it ,quitting while you are ahead is not the same thing as quitting. Antanas Kavaliauskas #theend #greatcareer #nomorepainpills #newpage #zaliabalta #visikaunozalgiriofanai #bczalgiris

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