Oodles of NBA free agents remain available. Largely fringe roster types, backbenchers and so on. Included on that list, Jan Vesely. Actually the ex-Wizard might have found himself a team, but not stateside.
According to reports, the 6-foot-11 forward from the Czech Republic has agreed to terms with Fenerbache Ulker from the Turkish Basketball League. With the help of Google Translate, the report indicates Vesely is expected to arrive in Istanbul next week to finalize a deal.
Fenerache is consistently one of he elite teams in Europe. Bogdan Bogdanovic, drafted in the 2014 first round by the Phoenix Suns, will play for Fenerache next season.
Fair to say Vesely's three-year NBA stint was largely a disappointment ever since the WIzards selected him sixth overall in the 2011 draft. Though gifted athletically and a hard worker defensively and on the boards, Vesely offense and confidence rarely translated into success. He averaged 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 162 career games with Washington and Denver.
The most glaring weakness came with the ball in his hand. Vesely's trips to the free throw line were often filled with dread for the players and those watching. He went 8 for 30 this past season with the Wizards and shot 40.8 percent over his three seasons
The Wizards shipped Vesely at the 2014 NBA trading deadline for point guard Andre Miller. The acquisition of the veteran point guard helped solidify Washington's rotation and boost the eventual playoff run.
If indeed Vesely heads back across the pond, don't think this will be the last we hear of him. Vesely thrived playing for his country in Eurobasket last season and plenty of international tournaments are out there, including the FIBA World Cup and the Olympics.
Blessed with good basketball instincts, Vesely knows how to play the game. At some point the confidence will kick in, or it won't. Realistically, his chances of reaching that next level start with receiving consistent minutes. That's not happening in the NBA, which makes a move back overseas the wise path.
Until we meet again, Jan. At least we'll always have this.