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Milwaukee Bucks officially sign free agent center Joel Przybilla

By Ben Golliver | Blogger

Big man secured.

The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the signing of unrestricted free agent center Joel Przybilla to a 1-year veteran's minimum contract. Przybilla also reportedly considered the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks before signing with the Bucks.

Przybilla's arrival back in Milwaukee, his first NBA home, comes more than 12 years after the Bucks acquired him in a 2000 NBA Draft day trade with the Houston Rockets.

Przybilla, 32, is a defense and rebounding specialist on his last legs. He missed much of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons due to multiple knee surgeries. After rehabilitating, he was traded by the Blazers to the Charlotte Bobcats as part of a package for forward Gerald Wallace. After sitting out the opening portion of the 2011-12 season, he re-signed with the Blazers as a free agent back in February.

Known as a good locker room guy and a hard worker, Przybilla plugs in to a new-look Bucks frontline that includes Samuel Dalembert, acquired in a summer trade from the Rockets, and Ekpe Udoh, brought over from the Golden State Warriors at the 2012 deadline in a trade that sent out oft-injured center Andrew Bogut in exchange for guard Monta Ellis.

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