Three more players joined the list of those who will not be playing for Lithuania in World Championship 2010 in Turkey. Twins Darjus (Fenerbahce Ulker) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (Montepaschi Siena) as well as Arturas Jomantas (Lietuvos Rytas) will be taking a break from the national team this summer.
These news means the the nationaln team was left with only one real center Robertas Javtokas (Khimki). Because of that a decision was made to call Martynas Andriuskevicius (Alicante) to the main training camp which will start on July 15. He was with the reserve team which played two friendly games against England earlier this week.
Renaldas Seibutis (Bilbao) who also with the reserve team has been called up to the main training camp which will include 16 players in total. Several more players might be invited from the reserve team one it returns from a friendly tour in China.
The main training camp will include:
Giedrius Gustas (Free agent)
Mantas Kalnietis (Zalgiris, Lithuania)
Martynas Gecevicius (Lietuvos Rytas, Lithuania)
Tomas Delininkaitis (PAOK, Greece)
Martynas Pocius (Zalgiris, Lithuania)
Mindaugas Lukauskis (Asvel, France)
Renaldas Seibutis (Bilbao, Spain)
Simas Jasaitis (Galatasaray, Turkey)
Jonas Maciulis (Armani Jeans Milano, Italy)
Linas Kleiza (Olympiacos, Greece)
Paulius Jankunas (Khimki, Russia)
Mindaugas Katelynas (Alicante, Spain)
Tadas Klimavicius (Zalgiris, Lithuania)
Donatas Motiejunas (Benetton Treviso, Italy)
Martynas Andriuskevicius (Alicante, Spain)
Robertas Javtokas (Khimki, Russia)
Lithuanian Basketball Federation expressed the plans to make the national team younger in order to prepare it for Eurobasket 2011 which will be held in Lithuania. The goal for the hosts is to reach the final and qualify directly for London Olympic Games.
Active Lithuanian players who will not play in World Championship:
Marijonas Petravicius (Armani Jeans Milano, Italy)
Rimantas Kaukenas (Real Madrid, Spain)
Darjus Lavrinovic (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)
Ksistof Lavrinovic (Montepaschi Siena, Italy)
Sarunas Jasikevicius (Panathinaikos, Greece)
Arturas Jomantas (Lietuvos Rytas, Lithuania)
Ramunas Siskauskas (CSKA Moscow, Russia) – retired from the national team
Darius Songaila (New Orleans Hornets, NBA) – retired from the national team
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA) – retired from the national team
Lithuania will compete in Group C against Spain, France, Canada, New Zealand and Lebanon.