In May 2012, all the PBL clubs gathered to decide which format would be used for the next season, and some club's directors raised the possibility of united with the VTB United League, to produce greater competition between the Russian basketball clubs. They suggested that the new league would be named the Eastern European Professional Basketball League.
In July 2012, the Council of VTB United League gave a definitive decision. It was decided that the PBL league would continue for one more year, with some of the gems of the VTB United League that took place between two Russian clubs being counted as PBl games. The first tier Russian clubs then replaced the PBL with the VTB United League as their new national domestic league, starting with the 2013-14 season.