Yesterday, the Wizards announced they have signed wing Jules Bernard to an Exhibit 10 contract. They also put guard Dejan Vasiljevic on waivers at the same time.
Bernard is a 6-7, 23-year-old wing who went undrafted out of UCLA and spent last season with the Capital City Go-Go. In 32 games for the Go-Go, he averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and shot 36.1% from three on 4.9 attempts per game.
Bernard also played in four Summer League games for the Wizards where he averaged 8.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and shot 62.5% from three (only 2 attempts per game), in 12.6 minutes per game.
An Exhibit 10 contract is a one-year deal at the minimum salary. If Bernard plays well in training camp he could have his deal converted to the standard one-year, minimum deal. Given the Wizards’ lack of roster spots, the more likely scenario is they will use this to incentivize him to re-sign with the Capital City Go-Go if the Wizards waive him. That would allow him to receive an additional $75,000 bonus.
An Exhibit 10 deal can also be converted into a two-way contract prior to the start of the regular season. The Wizards could essentially use training camp as an audition to see if they want to use their third two-way contact on Bernard. Either way, I think this is a fairly good indication he could end up back with the Capital City Go-Go this upcoming season.
The same will likely be true for Vasiljevic who would also receive that $75,000 bonus for signing with the Go-Go. He spent the last few seasons with the Sydney Kings, where he won two NBL championships and was teammates with Wizards forward Xavier Cooks.
Vasiljevic, a 6’3 guard, is a high-volume perimeter shooter, making 38.8% of his 6 three-point attempts per game in the NBL. Before that, he spent four seasons playing at the University of Miami. As a senior, he averaged around 13 points and 4 rebounds per game. Over his four seasons of college basketball, he made 36.7% of his 5.8 three-point attempts per game.