A premium has been placed on developing young talent. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

This year's goal: reach the final of every tournament. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

This Tuesday basketball director Joan Bladé and technical secretary Joan Creus held a press conference to talk about the upcoming season and important player transactions made in the off-season. “We expect to be one of the top teams and get to the final of every tournament we play in," Creus explained, as he talked about the details of their five new signings.

“The big challenge for us is to get back to the top, and that really motivates us. We made strides last year. There were a lot of changes and most of the new players had never played in this league before. For us working hard every day is fundamental, it's one of our virtues. We want to stress that if you do that it will pay off.” Creus made it clear that the team is still competitive even with a younger group of players.

Contract talks with Pascual

Head coach Xavi Pascual's contract expires on June 30th, 2015, and the club is currently working on a proposal to keep him here longer.  "We hope to get a deal done soon," Bladé said. Later when the subject of Juan Carlos Navarro's contract came up, Creus revealed that it was essentially a lifetime deal and that Navarro himself would be the one to decide when it was up.

Youth development system, always a hot topic

During the press conference, Bladé and Creus emphasized the importance of developing young talent. "Of course we want to win championships, but the most important thing is to bring in young players who might make it one day to the top level," Bladé stressed.


What they paid

How much they spent
Tibor Pleiss: €600,000
Tomas Satoransky: €130,000
Justin Doellman: €72,000
DeShaun Thomas: €0

How much they received
Kostas Papanikolau: €1,200,000

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