The Washington Wizards have about a week or so to decide on Jan Vesely’s 2014-2015 contract option, but according to CSN’s J.Michael, the Wizards have already decided the fate of the former sixth overall pick:
The Wizards have made up their minds on whether or not to pick up the fourth-year options on the contracts of Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton.
And the answer is no, CSN Washington learned late Friday night.
With that said, I think it’s pretty clear on how the Wizards brass felt about Vesely and Singleton’s development in Washington. Neither player has lived up to expectations, and although the Wizards could still re-sign them in the offseason, I’d certainly expect them to look in a different direction. By declining both options, Ernie Grunfeld and Co. are essentially acknowledging the colossal failure that was the Vesely selection. I was skeptical about whether or not the team would ultimately pick up Vesely’s option, given the fact that he was such a high pick in 2011 and played fairly well during summer league and EuroBasket, but it seems like they’ve made the correct decision.
The Wizards still have to decide on Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker’s options for next season. As J.Michael pointed out, if the Wizards decline all options, they’ll likely have enough money to sign a free-agent to a max contract, which definitely bodes well for the future.