The reasoning behind the 21-year-old’s sudden absence is due to the Pacers declining that he be taken away from club duties in the off-season. The Pacers’ trainers will work with Sabonis to prepare him for the new season ahead.
Furkan Korkmaz will play for Turkey in the U-20 European Championship, after all. The 76ers rookie will board an 11-hour flight to Germany on Saturday. From there, he’ll take a four-hour flight to Greece to join his Turkish teammates. The tournament, which will begin Saturday, runs through July 23. After that, Korkmaz will play for the Turkish senior team in Eurobasket 2017 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 17, if he’s selected.
“I can confirm my presence on the list and my intention to continue to win more medals and achieve success with our national team,” Spain’s greatest-ever player said this week at the launch of his academy. “Each tournament can be the last and that is why you have to give your all and compete as though that were the case. We shall see if in two years’ time (at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) I play or what we do.”
The Spanish federation announced the pre-selection of the team which includes Pau and Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Sergio Rodriguez, Sergio Llull, Alex Abrines, Fernando San Emeterio, Juancho and Willy Hernangomez, Nikola Mirotic and Juan Carlos Navarro who are expected to be part of the final team and will start training at the 28th of July.