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After Gortat trade, Wizards will not pick up 2014-15 options for Vesely, Singleton

Oct 26, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Marcin Gortat trade was all about this year for the Wizards — John Wall is writing playoffs on his shoes , the owner is demanding a postseason trip, and on top of that Emeka Okafor isn’t going to be able to play for months due to a herniated disc in his neck. Gortat — the Polish Hammer — is a solid big man in the paint who can defend, is strong on the pick-and-roll, has good hands and can finish. With him at the five Nene gets to move to the four and the Wizards look like a potential playoff team again (if Wall can find his jumper).

But in the long term, there are going to be changes up front for Washington.

Gortat is in the last year of his deal ($7.7 million) and if this ends up a comfortable fit they can resign him, but he is a free agent who will have options.

Also the Wizards are not bringing back Jan Vesely and Chris Singletonthey will decline to pick up the 2014-15 options on them, reports J. Michael at Singleton isn’t a surprise, he’s been out since having a screw inserted in his little toe following summer league.

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That they are throwing in the towel on former No. 6 pick speaks to his lack of growth. He is long and has the athleticism to play in the league but lacks any real feel for the game. He shot a “meh” 62.7 percent inside the restricted area and was ice cold anywhere outside that (30.8 percent from the free throw line on the rare occasions he got there). Washington has apparently given up on the break through moment they were hoping for.

What all that means is next summer the Wizards can remake their frontcourt — and they will have $16 million or more in cap space to do it. They will still have Nene, but after that they can rebuild around him. The backcourt of the future is set with Wall and Bradley Beal, Otto Porter is the three, they just need a good front line rotation then they can try to build something that can grow together.

In one other note from J. Michael at, the Wizards will put the other players in the Gortat trade — Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee — on waivers. They plan to keep none of them.

  1. cbrown386 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Excellent move for everyone. Gortat and the Wizards should have at least the 8 seed locked down in the East, Phoenix isn’t going anywhere except for the top of the lottery and Okafor gets to work with their excellent medical staff.

    • avb530 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      The Wiz protected themselves by getting a top 12 protected pick in case things go wrong this year. Very smart move.

    • redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      cbrown386 – I’m loving this for the Wizards! Smart move player wise, and also a really good fit for their front line.

  2. 00maltliquor - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM



  3. spthegr8 - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Vesely SUCKS!!!! Just add him to Ernie’s wall of shame. How that guy still has a job, is just MIND BLOWING!!!

    • redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      @spthegr8 – I agree with you about Ernie in general, but I do like this trade for the Wizards. It really gives their frontcourt some size and the Wizards should be better defensively. Plus with Emeka out, it means that the Wizards might have been facing another rough season.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      At least Vesely has a cute girlfriend.

  4. hildezero - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    The Suns should get Brown again and sign Vesley of from free agents. If he’s a former number six draft pick, then he probably does have something in him.

    • redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      @hildezero – I live in DC and I can tell you first hand. Vesley may have been picked six, but the guy simply can’t play ball. He could be a role player as the 12th man on a contender, but the Wizards are better off without him.

    • spursareold - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      I believe that there is a new rule in place to prevent some of the questionable hankly panky that goes on with immediately reclaiming players you traded to make salaries work. IIRC, you cannot re-sign a player you have traded now until after the end of the current season. They can’t get Brown back until July 2014.

  5. nickbrezzy - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I wish they keep brown and Marshall

    • avb530 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Brown’s underrated. He’ll def get scooped up.

  6. johngalt1783 - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Another Big athletic teenager project that NBA scouts thought could be turned into a NBA player. The NBA landscape is filled with many young athletic Big men who never could become what scours thought that they could be with proper coaching. The only difference between Vesely and almost all the other flops is that Vesely is from Europe and almost all the others are not.

  7. avb530 - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Please just get Vesely out of the league. I cringe when I watch him play.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      Is he really that bad? I’ve never seen him play, surprisingly.

      • redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        @00maltliquor – Yes, he’s really THAT bad! Take it from a DC fan. I don’t know how he ever got picked 6th. Doesn’t know where to be on the court, has no real skills to speak of. The only thing that he “does” well is that he has a long wingspan and can get the occasional steal.

      • spthegr8 - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Yeah he is homie. A local radio station has nicknamed him Jan Amnesty!! Lmao!! He is the Drizzling S**ts!!!

  8. hildezero - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Hopefully from the Phoenix Suns… :)

  9. muhangis - Oct 27, 2013 at 6:14 AM


    Right, they have a playoff contending team this year. Well after all these high picks in the draft for the last idk how many years, it’s a matter of time for anybody *finally! Any one of us goons could do the same (minimally) if in his same position! Grunfeld should have BEEEN fired man!!

  10. zachrogacion - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Ernie Grunfeld drafted Jan Vesely over Kawhi Leonard in 2011.

  11. redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    @muhangis – Yes there have been worse GM’s. Isaiah Thomas for one….Not a surprise as both have spent time in the Knicks organization. I’m sorry did I say organization? The Knicks are better these days, but who knows when Dolan goes out to rehire Thomas (his best buddy) again. Or Alan Houston…

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