Nikola Mirotic He ended last season with an Achilles tendon problem that has the club on edge. According to the website Telesportcould be out for six months and Barca have already contacted former Barca player Chris Singleton to be the Barca star’s replacement.
Singleton, who after playing for the Turkish Efes negotiated his transfer to the Red Star of Belgrade, spent the 2018-2019 season at the Palau Blaugrana. His performance fell short of the expectations generated by his signing. From the club they deny this information although they recognize that Mirotic finished last season with discomfort in his left Achilles tendon. The power forward is undergoing treatment, monitored by the club. Although they assure that there is no breakage, they ask for great caution.
If Mirotic’s six months are confirmed, it would be a huge blow for Sarunas Jasikevicius’ team. The Spanish-Montenegrin power forward, the highest paid player in Europe and who was the MVP of the regular phase of the last Euroleague, was the only one to have performed at his level at the end of the season.
Mirotic, who did not hesitate to call last season a “failure” after his fall in Madrid in final square of the Euroleague and the League final, he was once again the mainstay of the Barcelona project. Now, it will be necessary to see who assumes, in his absence, the direction of the team. And also not just how long would he ultimately be out of the field, but how does he come back after an ever tricky injury.
blow to planning
His discomfort is a huge setback in the reconstruction process that the Barcelona section had undertaken this summer. Besides Davies’ departure to Milan, the Azugrana club have already said goodbye to Roland Smits, Nigel Hayes and Dante Exum. And he also negotiates the departure of Pierre Oriola and Nick Calathes, who still have a year left and who agrees to leave.
In the top chapter, Juan Carlos Navarro has already matched four reinforcements: Nikola Kalinic, Oscar Da Silva, Jan Vesely and Satoransky.
Vesely is called upon to be, in the absence of Mirotic, the offensive reference. The ex-NBA arrives on a free transfer from Turkish Fenerbahçe, the club where he had played for eight seasons. Last Euroleague, Vesely averaged 13.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and a PIR of 18.2. The pivot arrives to replace the departure of Brandon Davies, one of the big disappointments of the final straight of last year.
Satoransky, Vesely’s compatriot, will experience his second spell at the Palau. The leader (30 years and 2.00) returns after his departure in 2016 for the NBA. Da Silva, a young German power striker (23 years and 2.06) who arrives from Alba Berlin, and striker Kalinic, who leaves Estrella Roja to return to ACB, complete the list of additions while waiting to see what happens. will eventually pass with Mirotic.