Reporting Frank Hanrahan
With no end to the NBA lockout in sight, Wizards players are fending for themselves when it comes to their off-season and possibly no-season plans.
Wizards star guard John Wall has no intentions of going overseas to play and why should he? With lucrative endorsements and plenty pro-am leagues to play in, he will do just fine during the lockout.
It’s players like Trevor Booker who literally need get some seasoning and a paycheck, and he will do that by playing in Israel. Booker was decent as a rookie for the Wizards, but he needs to work on playing the small forward spot as he mainly played the power spot last year. Booker does have an opt-out clause to return to the NBA when the lockout ends.
In a surprising twist, Jan Vesely — the first round draft selection by the Wizards out of the Czech Republic — made it known that he will hang in the United States until the lockout is over, rather than risk injury and play again in Europe. I would have thought Vesely would have gone back to his old team Partizan Belgrade and played and make some money until the lockout ends. But apparently, he is so intent on playing in the NBA, he doesn’t want to jeopardize his goal by playing in Europe. Good for him.
As for the other Wizard players under contract like JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Jordan Crawford. Expect them to stay in the United States as well until the lockout is resolved.
The NBA and the players union are reportedly set to start talking again this week but don’t expect real talk to begin until the fall.