July 17, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Wizards player Tomas Satoransky (14) takes the ball down court as he is guarded by Memphis Grizzlies player Mitchell Watt (21) during the game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Summer League: Could Wizards Fans Get To Czech Out Tomas Satoransky this Summer?


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.

 

 

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  • Adam K

    This is going to be a weird offseason

    • Ward Watkins

      Yea man….there’s sooooo much happening. I’m pretty excited and a little concerned at the same time. Thanks for reading.

      • Adam K

        Also I got pretty resentful of EG when I read those two names. I’m a big Wiz fan and also a college basketball nut…hard to pass on guys who had as much success as Crowded and Green. I know this past year we could have had Wolters who played pretty well for the Bucks instead of GRGR.

        • Ben Mehic

          It’s tough not to get angry after seeing the names Ernie passed on (Jan over Kawhi Leonard!?!), but I really do think Tomas could become a solid backup. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Although it would’ve been nice to see him and Jan play together, lol.

          Thanks for the comment, Adam!

          • Adam K

            I hope so. Even looking at a guy like Shaun Livingston who had a big resurgence this year as a tall PG you can see how someone with Tomas’ size could have an impact. Off the bench. Now we just need to find someone who can do some scoring in the second unit.

          • Ben Mehic

            I think there are going to be plenty of available options this summer. With that said, I really do believe Glen Rice Jr. could be a decent scorer off the bench when paired with either Webster or Otto. Washington should look to add size, more so than scoring.