While most NBA teams are busy getting ready for next week's NBA Draft, the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder still have very important business to attend to in the NBA Finals. However, that hasn't stopped general manager Sam Presti of the Thunder from apparently continuing to look toward the future and bolster the roster. This week, they've reportedly reached agreement to bring in an international player to bolster the frontcourt.
CSKA Moscow forward Andrey Vorontsevich is close to signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder.— Vladimir Spivak (@selloutxboy) June 18, 2012
Vorontsevich is 24-years-old and has 8 years of professional basketball experience in Europe. He's 6-9 and weighs 225 pounds. Last year he averaged 8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. From his EuroBasket profile:
Having debuted back in 2008 at the Olympics in Beijing, Andrey Vorontsevich produced his best tournament for the National Team last summer at the FIBA World Championship. He really underlined his ability to be an effective inside-outside player at the elite level by shooting the ball well from downtown as well as working hard in the paint. In addition to his nice shooting touch, he provides Russia with a lot of versatility since he is a very flexible and dynamic player who is both athletic and able to run the floor well. Vorontsevich shone last season in Euroleague even if CSKA didn't and he is a player that continues to develop his game and increase his impact with the National Team.
If you want to see Vorontsevich in action, here's a nice dunk in a game against Finland last year that shows some of his athleticism: