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Now that the dust has settled for the 2018-19 Wizards season, it's time to review the roster and hand out individual grades...

Who: Tomas Satoransky, point guard

Age: 27

2018-19 stats: 80 G, 27.1 mpg, 8.9 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 spg, 0.2 bpg, 1.5 tov, 48.5 FG%, 39.5 3P% (0.8/2.0), 54.5 eFG%, 81.9 FT% (1.6/2.0), 121 ortg, 116 drtg

2018-19 salary: $3.1M

Best game: 1/11 vs. Bucks - 18 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 7-10 FG, 2-3 3PT

Grade: B+

Season review: The Wizards made five trades this season and suited up a franchise-record 25 different players. Along the way, there were few constants. Among them was Tomas Satoransky, who played in 80 games, only missing two because due to the birth of his daughter.

Satoransky set career-highs in minutes, points, assists, rebounds and steals. He was tied for 12th in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio and was one of only two Wizards players to record a triple-double. 

For the second straight year, Satoransky stepped in during an extended injury absence for John Wall. This time, the Wizards were not able to stay afloat without Wall like they did in 2017-18. Last season, they went 15-15 when Wall was out and Satoransky started. This season, they went 24-30.

Satoransky, though, improved year-over-year. He was more consistent and helped keep the Wizards' offense rolling when Wall was absent. The team had a net rating 2.9 points better when he was on the floor.

Though his percentages dipped, Satoransky made marginal improvements as a shooter. His 70.2 percent mark on shots in the restricted area was a career-best. And he knocked down three pull-up threes after never making one before in his career.

 

Satoransky has cited making threes off the dribble as one of his biggest goals for improvement. Next year, expect him to attempt a lot more.

Where Satoransky plays next year, though, is in doubt. He is a restricted free agent and the Wizards have many reasons to want to keep him. Chief among them is Wall's Achilles injury, which will likely sideline him for at least 50 games next season.

The Wizards and Satoransky had mutual interest on a contract extension in January, as NBC Sports Washington reported, but talks stalled before getting serious in part due to uncertainty in the front office. Now that Ernie Grunfeld has been dismissed and a replacement has not been announced, Satoransky's future in Washington is on hold.

If interim president Tommy Sheppard gets the job full-time, Satoransky is probably staying in Washington. If someone from outside the organization is brought in, it's anybody's guess.

The Wizards had hoped to sign Satoransky before he hits restricted free agency, but now it depends on who takes over. It's also up for debate how much money Satoransky will earn.

The Wizards have until June 30 to sign him to a contract extension, if that's the route they choose. He can sign for up to four years and $47 million.

Satoransky, though, will probably come in somewhere south of those numbers. 

A good comparison may be Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors. Last summer, he signed a new contract worth $9 million annually. VanVleet's numbers are similar, though he's three years younger.

If Satoransky gets about $9 million per year, the Wizards may be able to afford him. If he gets more than that, it may be hard to justify.

There is also the chance a new GM wants to move on and get a different style point guard than Satoransky. He has his limitations defending smaller, quicker guards and the Wizards were one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. The new front office will have to determine if Satoransky was part of the overall problem and if he can be part of the solution.

Satoransky has been one of the Wizards' best player development success stories in recent years. This summer, though, offers no guarantees about his future.

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