Pistons to sign Vyacheslav Kravtsov

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The Detroit Pistons have struck a verbal agreement to sign Ukranian center Vyacheslav Kravtsov to a multiyear deal, according to his agent.

"Vyacheslav intends to sign a player contract with the Pistons when the moratorium period ends," Kravtsov’s representative, Jeff Schwartz, said Sunday night.

Kravtsov averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22 minutes per game last season for BC Donetsk in the Ukranian league. Scouts regard him as an excellent athlete who plays above the rim and is primarily known for his defensive abilities as a rebounder and shot blocker.

The signing had been rumored for about a month, and as I explained here, I like it:

I don’t know anything about Kravtsov other than what I’ve read, but I’m pleased the Pistons are interested. Even if he’s not a lock to belong in the NBA, 7-footers are hard to come by. Outside of drafting one in the top of the first round, teams must take chances to acquire quality bigs.

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