Center Stojan Vrankovic's winding road to the Boston Celtics finally reached a milestone when he signed a multi-year contract, the NBA team announced.

Boston has two centers ahead of Vrankovic - Robert Parish and Joe Kleine.The 7-foot-2 Vrankovic, a member of the Yugoslavian national team since 1985, originally signed with the Celtics on April 29, 1988. But international commitments kept him from playing with them, the team said.

He played on the Yugoslavian team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1988 and was with a Greek team last season.