Wizards doing due diligence with Nerlens Noel
After a stretch of marquee lottery picks such as Otto Porter, Anthony Bennett and Nerlens Noel, the Wizards are dialing it back this week.
They’ll return to bringing in a host of second-round and long-shot draft choices from Europe on Wednesday and Friday. In addition to the No. 3 overall pick, the Wizards own the Nos. 38 and 54 picks.
CSN Washington has confirmed the names of three of the most notable attendees:
- Dejon Musli: A 6-11 center from Serbia, averaged 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds on 52.7% shooting. Musli is on a three-year deal with Partizan of Serbia in 2012, but he has an opt-out after two years. When Musli was with the Serbian junior national team he signed a five-year deal with Spanish team Caja Laboral of ACB – the world’s second-best league behind the NBA -- but couldn't get playing time. Caja Laboral has produced NBA talents such as Luis Scola and Goran Dragic, both now with the Phoenix Suns.
- Joffrey Lauvergne: A 6-11 power forward from France, he averaged 5.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and shot 42% from three-point range for Partizan, who signed him to a three-year deal in December. Like Musli, his contract situation could complicate a move to the NBA.
- Oleksandr Lypovyy: A 6-7 small forward from Ukraine, he’s regarded as an over-sized point guard and his strength is defense as he potentially can guard three positions, averaging 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was MVP of the 2012 Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy.