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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Jan Vesely will not play in Europe

Wizards top draft pick Jan Vesely has finally made a decision about where he will be in the fall. And the 21-year-old, 6-foot-10 power forward from the Czech Republic is not going to play for Partizan Belgrade -- or any other team in his native continent. Vesely is going to wait out the lockout, so that the next uniform he wears is the red, white and blue of the Wizards.


I will wait until I can play for the Wizards. (Susan Walsh - AP)
“He will not play for any club in Europe. He will come to USA by end of September to work out till end of lockout,” Vesely’s agent, Alexander Raskovic, said in an email on Monday.

Raskovic, who works under power agent Arn Tellem at Wasserman Media Group Management, said two weeks ago that there was a chance that Vesely might not play for any team in Europe. It now appears that Vesely has elected to stay focused on his NBA career, without distraction or risk of getting hurt playing professionally elsewhere.

“We don’t want to risky any injury,” Raskovic wrote. “Why put in risk future career and why not show respect to the Wizards? They drafted him! He should come ready and healthy to play with the Wizards.”

When Vesely was introduced at his news conference after being selected sixth overall in the draft, Tellem said that Vesely would likely work out in Los Angeles until the lockout ends. Vesely had spent the past three years at Partizan Belgrade, and, in an expanded role last season, averaged 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in Adriatic league play and 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in Euroleague play.

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