ANDl Barcelona raised the curtain on the new season with the mandatory medical examinations before starting training today, but Jasikevicius does not yet have a full staff. Yesterday they only paraded through the medical center nine players: Pierre Oriola, Nicola Mirotic, Nick Calathes, Brandon Davies, Roland Smits, Kyle Kuric, Sergi Martínez and two of his new additions, the Turkish pivot Sertac Sanli and the Lithuanian abroad Rokas Jokubaitis.
The third Barça reinforcement, Nicolas Laprovittola, you have a few more days of vacation having participated in the Games, and also Alex Abrines for the same reason. While Cory Higgins you have a few more days of leave from the club to resolve a personal matter.
The club is looking for a forward and likes the ex-Madridista Deck
The current league champion has not yet closed its workforce waiting to know if Pau Gasol decide end your career as it appears, or continue playing one more year. And also waiting in case the market offers the possibility of incorporating a forward, with an eye on the ex-Madridista Gabriel Deck if it does not continue in the Thunder, which have a deadline until September to be able to cut him, but they told him a couple of months ago that they were counting on him.
The club has its inner game well covered with two guarantee centers such as Brandon davis and the ex of Anadolu Efes Sertac Sanli, a stellar signing without a doubt. In this position, yes Pau Gasol wishes to extend his career one more year –15 days ago after the Games I had not decided yet– would always have the doors of the club open and he would be welcome with the role he already played in the last stretch of last season: contribute a few minutes but of quality.
The priority now in his life is to be a father
All the signs point to withdrawal. Age (turned 41 in July) plays against you. Pau is on vacation in the United States with his family maturing a decision that has almost made. At the epicenter of his life are now his wife and daughter, which will be one year old in September. At this time his priority is to act as husband and father. And freed from basketball, he will be able to do it fully.
The economic plane it does not count in this equation. Pau has his life and that of his next generations resolved. In fact, last season he played for the minimum wage honorably and because it was required by the ACB agreement, but because what he wanted was to arrive at the Games with a competitive pace. If I continued, something very unlikely, I would not do it for free. And neither are the coffers of Barcelona for many joys.