The Milwaukee Bucks today announced the signing of 25-year-old Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica. According to Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman, the contract is for two years with a third-year team option. Raduljica's signing comes just a day after the Bucks waived center Gustavo Ayon's non-guaranteed contract.
Raduljica, who measures 7'1" and about 250 lbs, signed a five-year contract with Turkish club Efes Pilsen (Ersan Ilyasova also spend time with this team) in 2010, but has been on loan each of the past two years. He played professionally for Azovmash in the Ukrainian Superleague last season. In 53 regular season games, Raduljica averaged 14.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 23 minutes per game.
Raduljica has put together quite the impressive resume across the Atlantic, including an appearance in the German Bundesliga Finals in 2010. He has also played on multiple Serbian National Teams, winning gold medals at the 2005 FIBA U18s, 2007 FIBA U19s, and 2008 FIBA U20s and being named the Tournament MVP in 2008. He also played for Serbia in the 2009 EuroBasket Tournament, where he earned a silver medal.
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Terms of the contract were not immediately available. The Bucks have plenty of cap space available to sign what is presumably a small deal, and they also have their cap room exception, which is worth up to $2.6 million for up to two years. However, the third year in the reported deal suggests this would have been done with some of the Bucks' estimated $9.7 million in cap space.