Before the Washington Wizards traded away the No. 46 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, they received word that their last second-round selection — Czech guard Tomas Satoransky, who was chosen with the 32nd pick in 2012 — will remain overseas after signing a multi-year deal with FC Barcelona of the Spanish league.
After playing with the Wizards summer league in 2012, Satoransky returned to international competition and has remained there, playing in Spain for what’s believed to be a more lucrative contract than what he would earn on a rookie scale deal.
Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld said Thursday night that he spoke with Satoransky earlier this week about what he labeled as “a basketball decision” for the 6-foot-7 shooting guard.
“He felt like he still wanted to play and continue to improve his game and the best way to do that, really, is to get a lot of minutes.” Grunfeld said. “We’re on the same page and we had some good conversations and he did what he felt was best for him at this time and that’s to get some minutes playing for a very good ball club.”
Grunfeld said he believes Satoransky’s new deal with Barcelona spans two years, leaving the Wizards without a potential backup guard to develop behind John Wall and Bradley Beal. Last season, the 22-year-old Satoransky competed with Cajasol of the Spanish ACB League.
“He was one of the best players in probably the second-best league in the world and we look forward to him improving and coming to the NBA and helping us,” Grunfeld said. “And I think he’s excited about that, too.”