Tomas Satoransky Reportedly to Sign with Wizards: Contract Details, Reaction

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2016

Czech Republic's Tomas Satoransky, left, dunks a basket, while his teammate Jan Vesely, 2nd right, and Serbia's Nemanja Nedovic, 2nd left, and Nemanja Bjelica, right, look on, during the EuroBasket European Basketball Championship quarterfinal match, between Serbia and Czech Republic, at Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Four years after being selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft, Tomas Satoransky is finally coming to the Washington Wizards

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the three-year deal, which NBA.com's David Aldridge noted is for $9 million.

Satoransky, the No. 32 overall pick in 2012, has been with FC Barcelona Lassa in Spain since 2014. He was not subject to a rookie-scale contract because he waited three or more years since being selected to come over. Owner Ted Leonsis discussed Satoransky's situation in June, per J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

It’s exactly what guys like you say we should do, right? We should use the second-round pick, take a player, stick him in Europe, let them develop and when they’re ready, bring them over.The question is, is he ready? Our basketball people and coach will decide but that was part of a plan. That is an asset maybe we can bring over and he can add a lot of value to the team.

A 6'7" combo guard, Satoransky averaged 9.6 points, 4.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds across 62 games in league and Eurocup play. He knocked down 39.0 percent of his three-point shots, and Synergy Sports offered a few more impressive numbers on his production:

Synergy Basketball @SynergySST

Tomas Satoransky is coming off a monster season in Europe. FG%s: 47% Catch & Shoot Jumpers, 50% Floaters, 65% Finishing, 76% Transition.

The Wizards have been active in free agency, re-signing Bradley Beal to a five-year max deal, adding big men Ian Mahinmi and Andrew Nicholson and trading for point guard Trey Burke. Satoransky should slot in as a backup behind Beal and can occasionally spell John Wall if Burke struggles.

Even if Satoransky fails to become an NBA player, his deal is a no-brainer on this market. Satoransky is tied with James Ennis (Memphis Grizzlies) and Justin Hamilton (Brooklyn Nets) for the lowest per-year average of any contract signed this offseason. Paying a player $3 million under the $94 million cap is essentially a nonexistent salary with the new structure.

There won't be many non-minimum guys who sign for less this summer.

If all the word from overseas is any indication, the Wizards are getting a bona fide steal here. Satoransky shoots well, is athletic, has a natural feel for the game and has been playing at a high international level for years. He also doesn't turn 25 until October, so this is not a case of buying a player at the end of his prime.

Even if Satoransky is a 15-minute guy in the NBA, this will be one of the better contracts of the summer.

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