Barça starts with Jokubaitis and waiting for Pau Gasol

The Catalan team will have this Tuesday, August 17, the medical tests and on Wednesday the first training session. The Lithuanian player returns from the Summer League.

The new Barça basketball team kicks off the preseason on Tuesday, August 17, with medical tests, and on Wednesday 18 with the first training session in which newcomers Sertac Sanli and Rokas Jokubaitis, who have returned from the United States after participating in the Summer League with the New York Knicks. Argentine outsider Leandro Bolmaro does not appear in Barça's preseason plans, which could indicate the proximity of his departure to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.

The mandatory medical examinations on Tuesday will give the green light to the preseason of this 2021/22 season, whose first training session will be conducted by Sarunas Jasikevicius on Wednesday, at the Palau Blaugrana, with 9 first-team players and reinforcements from the subsidiary and the youth team.

Jasikevicius will start with Pierre Oriola, Nikola Mirotic, Nick Calathes, Brandon Davies, Rolands Smits, Kyle Kuric, Sertac Sanli, Sergi Martínez and Rokas Jokubaitis, from the first team.

As for the point guard Nicolás Laprovittola, the third new face of the course, and Álex Abrines, who played the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, will have a few more days of vacation and Cory Higgins, with the club's permission, will join the training at the end week due to a personal matter. And the club is awaiting the decision of Pau Gasol, whose retirement is in the air.

On the other hand, 7 players from Barça B and Junior will start the preseason working with the first team; the guards Juani Marcos (21 years old), Agustín Ubal (18 years old) and Rafa Villar (junior, 17 years old), the exteriors Michael Caicedo (18 years old) and Gael Bonilla (18 years old) and the interiors Ibou Badji (19 years old) and James Nnaji (junior, 17 years old) .

Except for Marcos and Badji, who had a Barça B file last season, the other five players (Ubal, Villar, Caicedo, Bonilla and Nnaji) have been part of the junior team that in the 2020/21 season was proclaimed champion of Catalonia, Spain and runner-up in the Euroleague.

After the first week of training sessions between the Palau Blaugrana and the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper pavilion, the Blaugranas will travel to Andorra from August 24 to 31 for a preseason stay that will also feature a friendly match.

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