Spain center Fran Vazquez (209-Cm) has decided not to play for the country this summer when the national team tries to defend its EuroBasket title. The Barcelona big man, who just helped his club side capture the ACB title, competed for Spain last year at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. He has contacted Spain coach Sergio Scariolo and informed him of his desire to take the summer off .
‘I have asked the national team coach not to include me in the team,’ Vazquez said in a statement.
‘I think the best thing for me is to not play the EuroBasket and rest this summer so as to face next season with all guarantees.’
Vazquez is the third player from last years team who will not play.
Veterans Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F) and Alex Mumbru just announced their retirement from the national side last week.
Spain will have Pau Gasol (216-F/C) back in the squad as they take aim at the London Olympics.
They will be in Group A with Turkey, EuroBasket hosts Lithuania, Great Britain, Poland and a team that comes through the Additional Qualifying Round Portugal, Finland or Hungary.
The sides that reach the Final of the EuroBasket will book places in the London Games while the teams that come third, fourth, fifth and six will play in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.