Barcelona: Ojeleye and Shields arrive; Jokubaitis leaves.

Barcelona faces the end of the season and the transfer period with significant tasks ahead, including uncertainty surrounding key player Ricky Rubio’s future. It’s expected that Rubio will continue playing, especially if he remains in good form and contributes to the team’s clear goals of advancing to the Final Four and the ACB finals.

Recent contract extensions for Jabari Parker and Jan Vesely pave the way for two significant signings, while the remaining core pieces are contractually secured. Exceptions include players like Oriol Paulí, who is likely to depart, and Nikola Kalinic, whose high salary may be reallocated to strengthen the offensive lineup with a player of a different style.

Contracts stand as follows:

PositionPlayersContract until
GuardTomas Satoransky2026
GuardRicky Rubio2024
Combo GuardNico Laprovittola2026
GuardRokas Jokubaitis2024+1
Shooting GuardDarío Brizuela2026
Shooting GuardOriol Paulí2024
Small ForwardAlex Abrines2026
Small ForwardNikola Kalinic2024
Small ForwardJoel Parra2027
Power ForwardOscar Silva2025
Power ForwardJarell Parker2026
CenterWillie Hernangomez2027
CenterJan Vesely2026
CenterJames Nnaji2027
CoachRoger Grimau(2025)

If Rubio continues, Barcelona should prioritize two signings: a complementary offensive player for Abrines and Parra, and a specialist in another position. Considering the uncertain futures of Nnaji and Jokubaitis, and potential renewal of Rubio’s contract, additional reinforcements may be necessary.

Two highlighted offensive names are noteworthy: Ojeleye, potentially leaving Valencia Basket, and Shavon Shields, whose future with Armani Milano remains uncertain, creating opportunities for Barcelona.

Apart from these moves, decisions regarding three loaned players are pending. Caicedo may benefit from another loan due to injury setbacks, while Sergi Martínez and Juan Marcos have showcased promise but face tough competition for roster spots. Jokubaitis’s future is also under consideration, with the club holding an option to extend his contract, while Jokucionis is another potential option under evaluation.

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Themis Prokopiou

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