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ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 8: Anzejs Pasecniks #18 of the Washington Wizards looks on during the game against the Orlando Magic on January 8, 2020 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
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Wizards sign Anzejs Pasecniks to multi-year deal

Washington, D.C. – The Washington Wizards announced today that they have signed center Anzejs Pasecniks (ahn-ZEHS pa-SESH-niece) to a multi-year contract.

Pasecniks, a 7-1 center from Latvia, is currently averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting .512 from the field in 13 games for the Wizards after signing a two-way deal with the team on Dec. 18. He scored a career-high 17 points at Detroit (12/16) and has recorded two games with at least 10 rebounds with the Wizards.

“AP has worked tremendously hard with our coaching staff during his time in summer league, with the Go-Go and with the Wizards and his development has shown great progress,” said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard. “He is following the path set by Jordan McRae last season and provides another example of our vision for developing players within our own system and the benefit of sharing our facility with the Go-Go.”

Pasecniks appeared in 12 games (two starts) with the Capital City Go-Go earlier this season, averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting .604 from the field. He was a member of the Wizards’ 2019 Summer League team, where he appeared in four games (two starts) and averaged 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Pasecniks was originally selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on draft night.

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