Prospect's Summer Plans Uncertain

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 9, 2007

The Washington Wizards would like last year's second-round draft pick, forward Vladimir Veremeenko, to play in the Las Vegas summer league in July, but Veremeenko could be blocked from doing so by his team in Russia.

Veremeenko's contract with Khimky of the Russian Superleague has "several" years remaining according to his agent, Marc Cornstein, and the team may not clear him to play for the Wizards in summer league. Khimky currently is in the midst of the Russian Superleague playoffs.

"Vladimir wants to play in the NBA but he has a good contract, so right now we're exploring all of our options," said Cornstein, who represents several international players in the NBA. "Once his season ends in Russia, we'll go from there."

Last year's first-round pick, forward Oleksiy Pecherov, has a buyout option on a contract with his team in Ukraine and is expected to sign with the Wizards in time to participate in summer league, which begins July 6.

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