Nick Young is a restricted free agent, but he still is interested in what the Wizards will do this week in the NBA draft. And, in an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Young said that he would like his current employer (until June 30, at least) to draft athletic swingman Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic.
“A 6-11 combo forward who can shoot the ball and do so many other things? Oh yeah, we’ll take him!” Young told the magazine. “I’ve seen some highlights, and he battles. We can even put him at center when we go small. We’re gonna need him.”
ESPN The Mag had players from the 14 lottery teams make selections for their respective squads. Baron Davis had Cleveland select Kyrie Irving first overall and Klay Thompson at fourth, while Kevin Love had Minnesota taking Derrick Williams at No. 2, Al Jefferson had Utah taking Kemba Walker at third and Jerryd Bayless went with Enes Kanter for Toronto at fifth.
Vesely went through a series of running and shooting drills on Sunday for Washington, Sacramento and Toronto – the three teams most likely to take him -- in New Jersey. He has been compared to Utah’s former all-star forward Andrei Kirilenko. He is extremely fast and is at his best on the open floor, catching lobs an dunking.
The Wizards have been high on the 6-foot-11 Vesely for some time, and President Ernie Grunfeld scouted him, Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas in Europe during the regular season. They also observed Vesely in the Serbian league playoffs earlier this month, but finally had a chance to sit down with him this week.
As for Young, he has been busy this summer getting a $3.6 million qualifying offer from the Wizards and sharing his exploits on his new Twitter account, @NickSwagyPYoung. He hasn’t cut his hair, as he said he would, but he did open up to ESPNLA.com for an extensive interview about the “The L.A. in my Game,” which will give you almost all you need to know about the Wizards’ resident comedian/leading scorer. Andy Kamenetzky from the Land O’ Lakers blog does a great job taking Young through his journey from West L.A. to the NBA.