According to tv3.lt, the Wolves basketball club has clarified that their announced move to Dubai is part of a long-term plan for the distant future.
The Lithuanian team BC Wolves is reportedly moving its headquarters to Dubai, as announced by the Dubai Media Office in a video featuring club representatives, including Rimantas Kaukenas and the Lavrinovic brothers.
#Dubai will be the headquarters for the matches of the Lithuanian team “BC Wolves” in the European Basketball League. Dubai will also be the headquarters for the club, which is considered one of the elite clubs in Lithuania and Europe. @DubaiSC pic.twitter.com/iSR4ba2wQh
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) September 11, 2023
Details are currently scant, and an official statement from the club is awaited. Founded in 2022, BC Wolves’ roster includes former Sassari player Christian Mekowulu and former Real Madrid player Jeffery Taylor. There are also rumors of a possible loan arrival of Arturs Zagars, the Latvian point guard in the recent FIBA World Cup 2023.
Several questions remain unanswered: Will BC Wolves leave Europe for home games, moving their base from Vilnius to Dubai? How can they still be considered a European team? What does this mean for the European Basketball League? The club is set to participate in the upcoming EuroCup, implying that participating teams, even in the Lithuanian league, will have to play their away games in Dubai.
In summary, whether this is a mysterious move, a dramatic twist, or a forward leap from Dubai remains to be seen. Updates are awaited, as no official comments have been made 24 hours post-announcement.