Remember Tomas Satoransky? In case you have may have forgotten, he was drafted with the second pick of the second round in the 2012 NBA Draft as a draft-and-stash prospect. This pick brought a good deal of outrage from Washington Wizards fans, given Ernie Grunfeld’s history of drafting Euros that haven’t panned out, particularly Satoransky’s Czech Republic sidekick Jan Vesely. The other bone of contention was that there were several other players available at that pick that many felt could have helped immediately, such as Jae Crowder and Draymond Green.
Thirdly, the pick involved Ernie Grunfeld, which generally just pisses everyone off.
The running joke that has continued since 2012 was that Satoransky was NEVER going to play for the team, especially after his boy Vesely was traded to the Denver Nuggets for Andre Miller. However, amidst the hangover of the Wizards’ season ending and immediate discussion on whether Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat will be re-signed, a rather obscure story came out that the Wizards expect Tomas Satoransky to play for their summer league team in July.
A really good update on how Satoransky’s doing overseas was published in May on ESPN’s Truth About It. Tomas is a 6’7 combo guard (he’s listed as point guard) that played this past season in the Spanish ACB League, where he averaged 12.4 points, 4.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game for Cajasol. As stated in the article, his diverse stat line doesn’t tell the tale of the leadership and value that he brought to the team at only 22 years old.
If Satoransky makes the roster, he could be an interesting piece for the team as a fourth guard. The Wizards just frankly don’t have the deepest guard situation. Down the stretch, the team really only played John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Andre Miller in the guard rotation, with Martell Webster playing scant minutes at shooting guard. With the potential of re-signing Ariza and Gortat, the Wizards could find themselves without much cap room and a pretty big hole in guard depth. I wouldn’t pencil in a Garrett Temple return, and while Andre Miller was great for the team, he is 38 year old and at times looked every bit of 48. Also, while Miller is due $4.6 million in 2014-15 in the final year of his contract, only $2 million of it is guaranteed, so the team could possibly opt to buy him out to save $2.5 million (although I am by no means suggesting that Satoransky would be the third guard. If Miller goes, there would have to be a legitimate option to replace him).
I guess what I’m getting at here is that Tomas Satoransky could potentially be coming over to the Wizards at a good time where there could be minutes for him, and, probably more importantly for the front office, could come at a cheap rate at a time where they may need bargains to fill the roster.