Andrey Vorontsevich Rumors
Perry Jones III who was picked at no.28 in the draft by OKC is proving to be healthy enough to fill the role that could be Vorontsevich’s. There were concerns about the meniscus of his right knee, that’s why his stock fell in the draft, but now the team believes that there isn’t any real problem. So, the forward from Baylor will get the roster spot instead of the Russian.
Nenad Krstic stayed at Moscow, Andrey Kirilenko will probably do the same and Andrey Vorontsevich will not get a contract from Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s been whispered the last week, but Eurohoops.net found the reason behind the decision.
Andrey Vorontsevich: I don’t know why it was so blown out of proportion by the media. I did travel to Oklahoma, but didn’t do any workouts there. The Thunder were interested in me before, and they still are. We’ve met with the club representatives and talked. But I never said it anywhere that I was leaving for the States. What I know right now is I am still under contract with CSKA for two years. If I had a real offer from an NBA club, then we would at least have something to talk about. But right now my main goal is to finish the rehab completely and to get ready for the start of next season.
Two more player, though, are ready to… defect from Russia to the NBA. We are not referring to Andrei Kirilenko who hasn’t made up his mind yet, but to Andrey Vorontsevich and Alexey Shved (photo). Vorontsevich, a 24 years old forward, is heading to Oklahoma City Thunder, where former CSKA Moscow player and assistant coach David Vanderpool is now the head of scouting.
Fran Fraschilla: Vorontsevich went head-to-head with Kyle O’Quinn and Andrew Nicholson at Thunder workout a few weeks ago. CSKA Moscow buyout may be issue.
Fran Fraschilla: Looks like 6-9 Russian Andrey Vorontsevich close to signing with Thunder. 24-year old worked out 3 weeks ago. Liked him at past EuroCamps.