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Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
Position: None
Born: 04/24/90
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Jan Vesely entered the NBA with a kiss. He’s now kissing the league goodbye. After being drafted No. 6 overall by the Wizards in 2011, Vesely has signed in Turkey (hat tip: Ben Standig of CSN Washington). Spending so little time in the NBA after being drafted so high is rare. Unless Vesely – whose athleticism could never overcome his lack of skills – makes an unlikely NBA comeback, he’s on track to become just the seventh player drafted in the top six to spend three or fewer seasons in the NBA since the NBA-ABA merger.
And for teammates — even teammates who have only been here a few months — this isn’t just an Internet joke. “Yesterday obviously when I woke up I was sitting watching TV and I some point I decided to check the HoopsHype,” Marcin Gortat said on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning. “I was just shocked. I dropped the glass out of my hands and I was just shocked. Eric [Maynor] is a very good point guard. I don’t think he really got his opportunity to play, and he has to play because he’s pretty good. … For Jan, I was shocked because he was the first guy who helped me the most here on this team right after the trade. From Day One he helped me to settle down, set up everything here in Washington and he was great to me. I never had such a great friend from Day One. It doesn’t matter where he’s gonna play; we’re always gonna stick together. He’s my boy for life now.”
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired guard Andre Miller from Denver in exchange for forward Jan Vesely. As part of the three-team deal, the Wizards also sent guard Eric Maynor and a 2015 second round pick to Philadelphia and received a protected 2014 second round pick from the 76ers. The 76ers will also receive a future second round pick from Denver.
Vesely scored four points with seven rebounds and three steals in the Wizards’ 103-96 overtime loss, providing the high-energy production that the team has rarely received from the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. “Sometimes, it’s tough to stay consistent but I will do my best to be ready,” Vesely said. “The last couple of weeks, I try to stay ready, work on my game and just stay in shape and wait for my chance. The chance came and I want to grab it and keep playing like that.”
Jan Vesely finally made his 2013 debut Tuesday night in Dallas, recording no stats in 79 seconds of action. If this is going to be his breakout season, the breaking hasn’t quite started yet. Nevertheless, there’s at least one person extremely enthusiastic about Vesely’s potential. I’m referring, of course, to David Arcas, a writer for El Mundo Madridista.com. In Arcas’s piece about Vesely, we learn that Real Madrid will likely be losing star Nicola Mirotic to the NBA, that the club and Vesely’s agent are willing to negotiate his return to Europe to play for Real, that he’s lost playing time to Kevin Seraphin and Al Harrington, that he doesn’t have the support of his coach or his team, and that there could be competition from Turkish and Russian clubs for Vesely’s services.
His future in the NBA — let alone in Washington — became even more murky last week when the Wizards let the Halloween deadline pass without picking up his fourth-year option worth $4.2 million. Yet Vesely is still trying to stay upbeat amid the uncertainty, even with his career in the same holding pattern. “The toughest part is I’m not playing. I don’t get a chance,” Vesely said when asked about adjusting to the NBA after arriving from Partizan-Belgrade in Serbia. “Of course, I have something to prove. I have to stay ready, wait for my chance and if I have my chance, to grab it.”
Vesely needs to make the most of the next few weeks, with the Wizards having until Oct. 31 to pick up his fourth-year option for the 2014-15 season. Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld hasn’t revealed his leanings, but Vesely is just 23 and teams are often willing to take more chances on big men because they often develop at a slower pace. “I’m not thinking about it right now,” Vesely said of his option, “so whatever happens, happens.”
Kevin Seraphin attempted to mimic the play, cocking his arm far behind his head as he stood in front of Nene, but Eric Maynor shook his head and offered a different explanation. Nene finally chipped in from his own angle. They didn’t exactly agree on how it went down, but Wizards players agreed on one thing after practice: Jan Vesely has just thrown down one of the nastiest dunks that they’ve seen during an intense scrimmage. “It was disgusting,” forward Trevor Ariza said, scrunching his face. “It looked like a nuclear explosion. Everybody curse at the same time,” Nene said.