Aside from the free agency news running rampant once the 2012-13 NBA season came to a close, lost in the shuffle is the huge 2013 Eurobasket tournament in Slovenia this September.
Countries such as Spain, Greece, Great Britain and others will be looking for a shot a qualifying for the next Olympic Games but if Team Spain wants a deep run un the tournament, and defend their title, they'll have to do it without big man Serge Ibaka.
According to reports, the Thunder invited Ibaka to rest and heal injuries sustained during the past season. With that, he will skip the tournament leaving Spain a bit depleted in the front court.
Without Serge, Spain should still be fighting for a shot at gold in Slovenia. Memphis center Marc Gasol will be there in Slovenia for the Spanish team and replacing Ibaka will be Nikola Mirotic who will be making his debut for the Spanish national team.
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