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It was already reported that Barcelona was near a deal with Rokas Jokubaitis and with him keeping his name in the draft, his future was confirmed.
As Jonathan Givony of ESPN tweeted and multiple sources confirm, Jokubaitis will not withdraw his name from the NBA draft. As Givony explained: “Jokubaitis is available to come to the NBA immediately, paying a buyout to Zalgiris, but if a team elects to stash him, he will play for his old coach Sarunas Jasikevicius in Barcelona next season”.
The 20-year-old Lithuanian guard enjoyed a breakthrough season in EuroLeague in which he posted 7 points and 2.5 assists in 31 games across 20 minutes on the court, while he registered a new career-high against Barcelona with 15 points back in April.
Meanwhile, the Spanish club is also bracing for losing Leandro Bolmaro to the NBA, with Jokubaitis practically being his replacement if he ends up in Europe.