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Before the Washington Wizards traded away the No. 46 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, they received word that their last second-round selection — Czech guard Tomas Satoransky, who was chosen with the 32nd pick in 2012 — will remain overseas after signing a multi-year deal with FC Barcelona of the Spanish league. After playing with the Wizards summer league in 2012, Satoransky returned to international competition and has remained there, playing in Spain for what’s believed to be a more lucrative contract than what he would earn on a rookie scale deal.
Yet Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld did indeed receive a query regarding the 2012 second-round selection’s availability for the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League. The 6-foot-7 Satoransky, a member of the Czech National team along with ex-Wizard Jan Vesely, spent the past season playing professionally in Spain. “We hope to have him for summer league and talk to him,” Grunfeld said. “He had a very good year over in Spain. He’s one of the best players in the ACB [league] and [his team is] still in the playoffs.”
Satoransky, a 6-7 shooting guard, has played for the Czech Republic national team and most recently in Spain professionally. Summer league play tips off July 11 at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a tournament-style format will be utilized for the second year in a row. The Wizards won’t make his addition to the summer league roster official anytime soon, but CSN Washington has confirmed that the team has asked him to attend.
Will this be your last season in the ACB because the NBA is waiting for you? Tomas Satoransky: I don’t know, this summer there was talk that I was going there (smiles) and look: I’m here. Now I can’t say anything, I’m focused on playing with Cajasol. Would I like to play in the NBA? Sure, but I have time to go there. I would like to play in the Euroleague too, but those are things for the future. I have to play well with Cajasol first.
Satoransky has some talent and considerable athleticism, but the Wizards still intend to stick to their plan of stashing the second-round pick in Europe next season, according to a league source with knowledge of the team’s thinking. Satoransky would have needed a spectacular performance to change the original plan. In five summer league games, the 6-foot-7 Satoransky didn’t overwhelm anyone. He averaged just 4.4 points and 1.8 assists and shot just 37.5 percent (6 of 16) from the floor while backing up Shelvin Mack.
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Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in all likelihood Satoransky would remain in Europe to develop his game and ideally join Washington in a few years. “This is a very good prospect we’re talking about,” Grunfeld said. “A prospect for down the road, and he’s playing in the highest league in Europe, and we hope he develops and plays instead of just sitting on the bench and not getting any playing time.”
Tomas Satoransky, the shooting guard from the Czech Republic likely headed for the second round, has an option, but no buyout, to get out of the contract with his Spanish team this summer. But if returns to what most rate as the second-best league in the world, it’s with a contract for two seasons and a buyout after 2012-13. “I would like to play in the NBA next year, but I wouldn’t be against the option to stay one more year in Europe,” he said. “I think the basketball there is at a pretty good level, especially if you are on a team that plays Euroleague. I think it makes you stronger.”
So the only players we’re really looking at are the international players who are younger than 22 years old. This year 17 international players declared early for the 2012 NBA draft. As of Sunday night, only one international player, Turkey’s Furkan Aldemir, was confirmed to be staying in the draft. Aldemir is a likely second-round selection. Sources say that France’s Evan Fournier is also very likely to stay in the draft, as well. Fournier is projected to be a mid to late first-round pick. A few others including Tomas Satoransky, Josep Franch and Tornike Shengelia might also stay. However, at this point, they don’t look like they have a serious shot at the first round.