Everything pointed to Rokas Jokubaitis became the first reinforcement of the Barça for the next season but the situation has changed substantially in recent days due to the entry on the scene of CSKA Moscow. The Russian team has launched their nets on the young guard of the Zalgiris taking advantage of the fact that he has not yet signed anything with the Barça club despite the principle of agreement reached a few weeks ago.
The three-way agreement between the Barça, Jokubaitis and the Zalgiris, with which the player has one more year of contract, was outlined for some time. The Barça club, with serious liquidity problems, offered the Zalgiris pay now only a part of the player’s termination clause, which amounts to about $ 350.00, in exchange for reserving to the Kaunas club a part of the compensation that Barça takes when Jokubaitis make the leap to NBA. A principle was also reached according to the escort of 20 years and 1.93, second best youngster in the last Euroleague behind the madridista Usman Garuba.
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However, the weeks have passed and the operation did not materialize. The reason is the new interest of the CSKA, who offers to pay whole now the clause to the Zalgiris in addition to presenting a good offer to the player.
The fact that Barça is looking for another top point guard to accompany Nick calathes (Jasikevicius’ impossible dream is Kevin Pangos) and see Jokubaitis as a substitute for Leandro bolmaro, who will go to the NBA, also creates doubts for the young Lithuanian about the prominence he could have at the Palau.