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2011 NBA Free Agency: Where Will Big Man Joel Przybilla Sign In Free Agency?

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Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IDecember 4, 2011

One veteran NBA player that is currently an unrestricted free agent is big man Joel Przybilla. Przybilla has played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Portland TrailBlazers and the Charlotte Bobcats in 11 seasons. Teams looking to add depth to their frontcourt could look at Przybilla, who can be an effective rebounder and defensive presence like he was when with the Portland TrailBlazers.

Przybilla spent six-and-a-half seasons with the Portland TrailBlazers before getting traded to the Charlotte Bobcats at the 2011 trade deadline. Coming off a major knee injury, Przybilla used the time in Charlotte to work on getting back his legs as he was included in the trade due to his expiring contract.

As the 2011 NBA free agency signing day approaches rumors have been spreading about where some of the big-name players could look to go. However, there are those players that are part of the second tier of free agents and are being targeted for smaller contracts. Przybilla is being targeted more for his defensive and rebounding abilities since he is not much of a scorer, and has reportedly gotten some interest from two of his previous employers.

The Portland TrailBlazers and the Milwaukee Bucks are two teams that have expressed interest in bringing him back even though Przybilla is not really sure how much longer he wants to play in the NBA, mainly due to injuries suffered throughout his career and his most recent twice-torn ACL knee injury.

So in all likelihood, Joel Przybilla will sign a minimum contract and maintain a bench role for a possible contender. He could also be a potential trade piece as the trade deadline approaches.

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