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2021 pick Rokas Jokubaitis joining Knicks’ Summer League roster

Lithuania native and highly-anticipated draft pick by the Knicks, Rokas Jokuvaitis, is returning to Las Vegas.

The 23-year-old guard will play for the Knicks’ summer league team, NBA sources and Jokuvaitis’ current pro team, Barcelona, ​​confirmed to The Post on Wednesday.

Jokuvaitis was drafted 34th overall by the Knicks in 2021, two spots before team president Leon Rose selected Miles McBride.

The Knicks drafted Rocus Yokubaitis in 2021 with the 34th pick. Associated Press

He played three summer league games for the Knicks that year (just 29 minutes total) before leaving the team to play overseas for EuroLeague powerhouse Barcelona.

Jokuvaitis has not participated in the past two Summer League seasons, so this month will be his first time working closely with the Knicks coaching staff in three years.

Jokuvaitis’s summer league participation was secured after Lithuania lost to Puerto Rico in an Olympic qualifying match on Monday. Jokuvaitis’ agent told The Post that Jokuvaitis would have otherwise had to miss Las Vegas to prepare for the Olympics.

But now he’s a free agent, joining a Knicks roster that is expected to also include 2024 first-round draft pick Pacome Dadiette and second-round draft pick guard Tyler Kollek out of Marquette University.

Barcelona’s media director Robert Guell confirmed a report from Spain’s Sport 45 that the club had given the “green light” for Jokubaitis to take part in their summer league.

Jokuvaitis dribbles during a game in 2021. EPA

Jokuvaitis’ resume, having contributed to the first teams of both Barcelona and the Lithuania national team, is also notable in Las Vegas.

Furthermore, Jokuvaitis’ future with Barcelona appears uncertain due to his reduced playing time and a crowded backcourt with the addition of longtime NBA player Ricky Rubio.

Jokubaitis has one year left on his contract with Barcelona but the team’s manager has been reluctant to say whether Jokubaitis will return next season.

“It’s a long summer,” Barca coach Joan Peñarroya told reporters.

Jokuvaitis will defend Isaiah Canaan in April 2024. AFP via Getty Images

The 6-foot-4 Jokuvaitis is a combo guard who prefers scoring over passing. In four Olympic qualifying appearances for Lithuania, he averaged 20.9 minutes, 8.8 points and four assists while shooting 40.7 percent from the field.

The Knicks open Summer League play on Saturday against the Hornets.

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