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NBA Rumors: How Joel Przybilla Could Help the Milwaukee Bucks

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NBA Rumors: How Joel Przybilla Could Help the Milwaukee Bucks
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It is no secret that the Milwaukee Bucks are interested in adding free-agent Joel Przybilla to be their backup center for Andrew Bogut.

According to the Journal Times' Gary Woelfel, Przybilla's agent was in attendance at the Bradley Center for the Bucks home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves last Tuesday.

"They made it clear how much they want him,'' Bill Duffy, Przybilla's agent said. "I think it would be a good fit.'' 

As of now, the Bucks are relying on Drew Gooden and Jon Leuer to fulfill backup duties, but both players are better suited to play the four position. In the first game of the season, it was Gooden who saw minutes as Bogut went to the bench, but his ejection and suspension for a flagrant foul opened the door for the rookie Leuer to have success and steal minutes.

While Bogut is the up and away center and will get around 35 minutes, the Bucks lack size behind 7'0" Bogut. Both Gooden and Leuer stand at 6'10", but Gooden is 10 pounds light, while Leuer is 32 pounds lighter.

While the Bucks lack size at the backup center spot, they aren't necessarily a small team as they start Mike Dunleavy at small forward who is listed as 6'9" and the 6'10" Ersan Ilyasova at power forward. At the shooting guard spot, Stephen Jackson has good size at 6'8".

Przybilla would help to alleviate size concerns as he is three inches taller than both Gooden and Leuer at 7'1"and 245 pounds.

Recently, Przybilla has struggled to stay healthy, but the extended off-season has given him time to heal up and come back with a strengthened knee. 

With Przybilla playing center, the Bucks can keep their size and even go to bigger line-up by playing Gooden or Leuer at the four with either Przybilla or Bogut. This would help the Bucks defensively against bigger teams.

In addition to the variety of rotation possibilities, the signing of Przybilla would take pressure off Bogut and allow him more rest during the upcoming grind that the Bucks will face during the dense schedule following the lockout.

While Przybilla won't be an attractive signing, it would be one that will benefit the team in small teams that could make a big difference, if just in a few games. It is important to remember that this is a team that could make or miss the playoff by a matter of a couple games.

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