Vesely's new start started with a smile

Vesely's new start started with a smile
February 21, 2014, 9:15 pm

Earlier we looked at the Wizards' acquisition of Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets' perspective. We can grasp why the Nuggets chose to part ways with the nearly 38-year-old Miller seeing as the veteran point guard had not played for the team since December following a public spat with his head coach.

Considering the struggles during nearly three seasons in Washington, the question is why the interest in Jan Vesely. Actually, it's not hard to grasp.

"Well, with Vesely it makes sense," Denver Post columnist and former Nuggets beat writer Benjamin Hochman said of the third-year forward who did not meet draft expectations in Washington. "He'll be a free agent this summer. As the [Nuggets] general manager said, how often do you get a chance to look at a sixth pick in the draft for 30 games. Who knows, maybe a change of scenery will be nice for young Jan or maybe he'll continue to be the bust that he is and the Nuggets will get rid of him."

Following the trade, Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly, who previously worked in the Wizards front office said of Vesely, "His versatility kind of fits the mold of player that we're attracted to. Hopefully he comes here, it's a fresh slate and we'll see what he can do."

Vesely made his debut in Denver's loss at the Chicago Bulls, finishing with five points on 2 of 7 shooting from the field with five rebounds in 16 minutes.

[MORE: Andre Miller will make debut vs. Pelicans]

* The Denver Post caught up with Vesely today and shared his reaction to the trade:

Jan Vesely was eating lunch when his agent called. The Nuggets and Wizards were negotiating a trade that would bring him to the Mile High City.

He smiled.

“I was like ‘alright, that’s nice,’” said Vesely, a 7-0, 242-pound power forward from the Czech Republic. “I was real excited. But I didn’t expect it at first.”

In fact, a couple of days earlier he’d been told he wasn’t going to be part of any trade scenarios. But this post-all star opportunity is a big deal for the former lottery pick. He’d largely not been part of Washington’s plans since being selected sixth overall in the 2011 draft.

“I’m really happy,” Vesely said. “I take this as a new start. I’m going to do my best to help the team. I think it’s going to be a good team to fit into. I’m really excited about it.”