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Satoransky: Wizards Summer League Absentee Still Believes He’s NBA Material

Updated: July 26, 2013

Editor’s Note:

In Las Vegas, I was asked about Tomas Satoransky by a blogger who covers another team. He was disappointed in not being able to see him play in Summer League again. So was I, especially after “Saty” did things like this last July:

It’s no surprise that Tomas Satoransky didn’t join the Wizards in Las Vegas. Per the tweets of TAI’s Czech correspondent, Lukas Kuba (@Luke_Mellow), just prior to summer league, Satoransky decided to forgo participation after being informed by the Wizards that they would not be bringing him over to play in the NBA this coming season. He told the Czech media that the pro team he plays for in Spain, Cajasol, expressed their desire to not have him risk injury in Las Vegas, as he is still under contract with them for one more year.

Here are the translated quotes from the article via Lukas:

“I was a little sad because of this (decision to stay in Europe). I felt that this year, it (the contract with the Wizards) might happen; I wanted to play for the Wizards. They watched me diligently the whole season, and they told me that I improved in almost everything they wanted after drafting me last year.

But it’s not the end of the world. One of my other basketball dreams is to play in Euroleague games. I hope, after it ended up this way, that my European road is going to stay on the upswing. I’d be glad if I stayed in Spain, because I feel good there, I know the language, and I know the ACB League. We’ll see where I play next season.

It’s all unofficial (the talks with Spanish Euroleague teams), in terms of seeing who’s interested in me. We will talk about it with my agent; this is mainly on him. Of course, I’ll follow the talks and what he’s saying to me, but I will concentrate more on preparing myself for EuroBasket.

This summer, the preparation for the European Championship is more important (than any other thing). I’ve got time to work out individually before the official preparation phase for EuroBasket with Czech National Team begins. Because of the decision (by Washington), Cajasol Seville did not want me playing in the NBA Summer League. And if I play for some other European team next season, I’m sure they wouldn’t want it, either.”

Kuba also shared some tweets earlier in July pertaining to an interview that Wizards Director of Player Programs and Player Personnel Scouting Ed Tapscott gave to

Below, Kuba provides a translation of an interview that Satoransky recently gave to the Czech media, as it appeared in the outlet

—Kyle W.

Tomas Satoransky speaks to the Czech media at Day 1 of Czech National team training camp

Tomas Satoransky speaks to the Czech media at Day 1 of Czech National Team training camp

In Washington, it’s about three levels higher, says Satoranský, but the wait on the NBA continues

July 24, 2013 –

Are you disappointed that you won’t be playing for the Wizards in the NBA next season?

TS: Of course I am disappointed that I won’t be on the Wizards’ roster next season and play with them. However, when I learned about their decision, I didn’t dwell on it. I instead concentrated on resting my body before the start of training camp with the Czech national team.

You were recently working out in Washington. What did you learn from it?

TS: I was there for the second time and it was a great experience, even if it ultimately didn’t work out as I would have liked—that they wanted me on the team next year. But the type of workouts we were doing out there were great. Although, they were very individual, and at completely different intensity level [than in Europe], concentrating on shooting a lot. Probably the best thing was that I met Washington’s strength and conditioning coach (Drew Cleary). He worked on a plan with me for the summer—on what I should focus on. This is what puts the NBA probably about three levels higher compared to what I’m used to in Spain. It’s always useful to experience it, I took the big positives out of my visit to Washington.

Do you feel that the Wizards front office believes in you?

TS: Hard to say. I think they are very satisfied with how I played this past season. My confidence grew because it was probably my best season ever. I think, and I hope, that they have some belief in my abilities, which is what my American agent said to me, too. I don’t have a guarantee that I’ll sign a contract with Washington for the 2014-15 season, but I still believe it happens. Because if you want to get to the NBA—and a lot of people tell me this—you gotta be confident, and you must not give up anything. I still believe I will be an NBA player in a year.

Was Jan Vesely your guide through the Wizards’ facilities and in the city?

TS: I was there for the second time, so I already knew it a little. But yeah, Honza Vesely was there with me that one week. We spent a lot of time together off the court, and of course he showed me the city a little bit and showed me where he lives. Washington is beautiful, it’s similar to European cities. There are a lot of minorities. That’s a bonus as well—the city and the culture there. I’d be very glad if I played in Washington someday.

Do you know where you will be playing next season?

TS: I’m still not quite sure where, but it’s definite that I’m staying in Europe. There are some offers, there are rumors about interest from several teams, but I don’t want to talk about those yet, because they aren‘t official. I still have a contract in [Cajasol] Seville, and so I don’t have to worry too much. Now, I’m fully focusing on the beginning of training camp with the national team, we’ll see if something happens in the next month or so.

[Ed. Note: Satoransky is in the last year of a four-year contract with Cajasol. It was at one point rumored that Cajasol, after a disappointing season and amidst financial problems, was looking to cut costs, and thus, other teams in Europe have expressed interested in acquiring him via contract buyout. -KW]

In a year, you’ll again try to become an NBA player, can this factor in the decision-making process of those European teams that want you?

It can be one of the factors, because if some team buys me out of the contract with Seville, they would like to have me for a longer period. But, again, I got no guarantee that I’m an NBA player in a year. I don’t know what will happen. But for now, I’ll leave this aside and will concentrate on EuroBasket.

What’s the goal for the EuroBasket?

TS: I think we should concentrate on advancing from the group stage, then we could talk about some other further goals. I think that our group [Group C featuring Spain (Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, Rudy Fernandez), Slovenia (Goran Dragic, Bostjan Nachbar), Croatia (Bojan Bogdanovic, Dario Saric), Poland (Marcin Gortat, Maciej Lampe), and Georgia (Tornike Shengelia, Nikoloz Tskitishvili)] is very difficult, but when you look at other groups, it’s not like you could choose an easier one.

Is it an advantage that you essentially have the same squad from last summer’s EuroBasket Qualification, plus Jan Vesely?

TS: Yes, I think so. I’m looking forward on having Honza, he should help us on both sides of the floor. I think that we’ll use him at more positions than one. The fact that we’re here with the same bunch is only good. We’ve seen that it worked last year, we have great relationships on the team between us. There’s no tension, everyone pulls the same rope. That’s important, and with such positive energy we should go into the EuroBasket tournament.

A video from Satoransky’s interview can be found below (in Czech). In it, he also says that the Wizards are impressed with his “very improved jump shot,” that his playing weight is now around 207 lbs, and that the Wizards have “knife under throat” to make the playoffs next season, which is one of the reasons why they aren’t bringing Satoransky in as a rookie in 2013-14.


Lukas Kuba