Tomas Satoransky has developed into an important piece on the Wizards' roster and the team would like to reward him. The Wizards are making a push to sign Satoransky to a contract extension and the two sides have begun preliminary talks, according to multiple people familiar with negotiations.
Satoransky, 27, is set to be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Wizards could match any offer from another team. But the Wizards hope to secure a deal before he hits the market with the ability to reach a new contract at any time.
Unlike players near the end of rookie scale contracts like Kelly Oubre Jr.'s, whom the Wizards did not agree to terms with in mid-October for instance, the Wizards are free to negotiate a new deal with Satoransky before the summer.
The interest appears to be mutual. Satoransky is open to re-signing with the Wizards, NBC Sports Washington has learned.
Thomas Bryant, a second-year center who is set to hit free agency as well, is also someone the Wizards would like to keep around. He has come along nicely starting in place of Dwight Howard.
Satoransky has proven the ability to play multiple positions and as both a backup and a starter. Both this season and last he has filled in capably for John Wall, who each year has gone down with major injuries.
Wall is done for this season, having undergone left heel surgery on Tuesday. His recovery is expected to last into the summer, so having Satoransky locked up would give them security at the point guard position.
The Wizards have long been searching for a solution at backup point guard and they believe to have found one in Satoransky. They took him in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft and kept him overseas until the 2016-17 season. In each of his three NBA seasons, he has improved and his role has increased.
This year, Satoransky is averaging 7.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. He has yet to miss a game due to injury in a year where durability has been a problem for many of his teammates.
The Wizards also have motivation to re-sign Satoransky given their cap situation. They are due to pay the luxury tax and will not have much money outside of exceptions to bring in new players for next season.
The Wizards believe Satoransky can get even better. He is 6-foot-7, athletic, improving as a shooter and continues to add versatility to his game. The Wizards hope that future is in Washington and will do what they can to make sure of it.
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