"Sometimes to take two steps forward, we need to take a step back. This year I will be one of the fans of the national team of Latvia, becoming the sixth player in its ranks. Believe that we still have a lot of big wins," wrote the beekeeper on his page in Instagram.

21-summer beekeeper in June drafted the "Philadelphia 76", but later it became known that center next season will again be in Europe — he will remain in the Spanish club "Gran Canaria", where he spent two years.

Immediately after the NBA draft was not clear whether the bee-Keeper to play for team Latvia at Eurobasket 2017, which in September will take Istanbul. At the same time projecting the NBA basketball star of the Latvian Kristaps Porzingis and Davis Bertans confirmed their participation.

Previously, Andrzej Pasechnik no secret that this summer will be to work hard on his physical preparation to the next season to come out in the "Gran Canaria" in the leading role and then try to get into the NBA. The agent of the basketball player Arthur Kalnietis went to the USA to learn the management of "Philadelphia" relative to the center.

Last season in 32 matches of the championship of Spain beekeeper gained an average of 8.0 points and did 3.2 rebounds in the ULEB Eurocup in 14 matches, his figures were 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds. In Spain, he moved several years ago from VEF Riga.

Last year Andrzej Pasechnik played for team Latvia in the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio (the team didn't make the cut).