Report: Wizards to sign second-round pick Tristan Vukcevic to 2-year contract

Tristan Vukcevic, a 7-foot center with Partizan in Serbia, will reportedly sign a two-year contract with the Washington Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Vukcevic was drafted with the 42nd pick in the 2023 NBA draft by the Wizards. He played with the team in the NBA Summer League, averaging 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, one steal and one block in four appearances.

The 21-year-old returned to play with Partizan as a draft-and-stash prospect this year. The Wizards and Partizan agreed to a seven-figure contract buyout this week, clearing the way for Vukcevic to make the jump to the NBA for the remainder of the season.

Vukcevic averaged 7.7 points and 3.2 rebounds on 43.2% shooting from 3-point range in 30 games with Partizan. He has spent the past two-plus seasons with the team and helped it claim the ABA League championship last year.

He is viewed as a highly skilled big man and is touted for his ability as a scorer and shooter, with his smooth stroke and ability to work in the post. He impressed at the combine last year and drew interest from several teams drafting in the second round.

Vukcevic will now have the opportunity to get a head start on next year by joining the Wizards for the last month of the season. He will likely once again play with the team in summer league and should have the chance to compete for a rotation spot next year.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire