What factors led to the Wizards trade for Gortat ?
The Wizards have made up their minds on whether or not to pick up the fourth-year options on the contracts of Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton.
And the answer is no, CSN Washington learned late Friday night.
The team has until Oct. 31 to make the decision for the 2014-15 season. Singleton, who has missed the entire preseason because of surgery to his left foot/toe, is entering his third season along with Vesely who was taken No. 6 overall in the 2011 draft. Singleton was chosen 18th.
First-round rookie draft picks get four-year deals. The first two years are guaranteed. The next two are team options.
They still could be re-signed by the Wizards but at lesser than their scale contracts. If they play well this season, they could command more than the scale on the free-agent market though that appears unlikely.
Vesely, who has had mixed success in the off-season after playing in the Las Vegas summer league and the Czech national team, would've been due to make $4.2 million. Singleton, who played in summer league but had to get a screw inserted in his small toe to repair a fracture, would've been due for $2.5 million.
Both became displaced in coach Randy Wittman's rotation last season as they took major steps backwards.
The Wizards will have about $16 million available in salary cap room after this season, enough to potentially lure marquee player with a max contract.