Rokas Jokubaitis Rumors
Rokas Jokubaitis has played well this season — especially with his 3-point shooting — in his first season in the vaunted Spanish League. Despite his progress, The Post has learned the Knicks are heavily leaning toward letting him stay in Spain for next season. That would give the 21-year-old Lithuanian another year to polish his game and get stronger.
If they signed Jokubaitis this summer, the Knicks would have to eat into their $10 million mid-level exception to give Jokubaitis more than minimum wage. And because of the expiring contracts to player such as Alec Burks and Derrick Rose, the 2023-24 roster will have more room.
Another concern is Barcelona is not expected to allow Jokubaitis to play for the Knicks during the Las Vegas summer league. Barcelona already will be owed a buyout if he plays in the NBA. Last August, Jokubaitis played in three summer league games and the Knicks were happy with his ball-handling, basketball IQ and tenacity as a defender.
Rokas Jokubaitis: There are many bad examples, like Kevin Pangos, who dominated in the EuroLeague. It’s the NBA where even the best European players don’t fit in. Two years or so will pass, and I’ll talk to my agent about going to the NBA. But before that, I’ll have to feel 100 percent confident that at least I’ll have a chance to fight for the minutes. For example, I come to the US, and they say that you will play in the G League, and sometimes you will be with the main team. Then it’s better to improve in the EuroLeague.