The agreement confirms that the 6’11” forward/center will be a draft-and-stash player for the 2021/22 season rather than immediately joining the Sixers. That has always been the plan, but Petrusev played for Philadelphia’s Summer League team and spoke earlier this month about wanting to come stateside right away. Instead, he’ll remain in Europe for at least one more year.
The 21-year-old is coming off a big year (23.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG) for Mega Basket in the Adriatic League and will get an opportunity to face a higher level of competition in the EuroLeague in 2021/22. Anadolu Efes won the EuroLeague championship in ’20/21.
The Sixers have 15 players on standard contracts, including 13 on guaranteed deals, and two more on two-way pacts. Second-rounder Charles Bassey remains unsigned and could be a candidate to fill the final spot on the team’s 15-man regular season roster if Anthony Tolliver isn’t retained.