HoopsHype Jan Vesely rumors

October 26, 2013 Updates

The Wizards have decided to decline the fourth-year options for forwards Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Vesely and Singleton, the Wizards’ first-round picks in 2011, will now both be unrestricted free agents following this season. Washington has until Oct. 31 to make those decisions official. Washington Post

October 2, 2013 Updates

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.” Washington Post

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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. Washington Post

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Speaking of which, after Vesely was the best player in Washington’s win — scoring 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting — he was interviewed by Craig Sager. “What kind of confidence, what are you trying to build personally during the Summer League?” Sager asked. “I just work hard before the Summer League,” Vesely replied. “And I just want to try to take this chance to see how the last month goes, and just sit after Summer League and see what I have to continue doing. I think it’s a pretty good chance to work and see how to play and take this chance.” Washington Post

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When asked what Vesely needed to focus on this offseason, Coach Randy Wittman didn’t hesitate to mention that the 6-foot-11 big man had to worry about more than developing a consistent jump shot. “He needs to work on his head first,” Wittman said. Washington Post

“It’s hard. Especially after my first season in the NBA, I was playing a lot. It’s hard not to find my position on the team and stay ready every game when you’re not playing,” said Vesely, who only missed nine games, including the first seven because of a hip injury during his 66-game lockout-shortened rookie season. “I just try to fight it. I didn’t know what time, when I’m going on the court so it’s hard to stay ready. I did my best, and I tried to work hard every day.” Washington Post

“There are sometimes, I see Jan and he’s flying all around and I say, ‘That’s Jan.’ Other times, he’s shying away when he doesn’t have the confidence and that’s his main thing,” Wittman said. “I’m not smart enough to tell you I’ve got the answer to fix that. But we’re going to work on him. I mean, in trying to help him become a more confident player.” Washington Post

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