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Blazers pursuing free agent center Przybilla


Posted Feb 22 2012 7:21PM - Updated Feb 22 2012 7:37PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers are pursuing free agent Joel Przybilla, but a deal with the 7-foot-1 center would be contingent on a physical exam.

The Blazers would also have to cut a player to make room on the roster for Przybilla, who spent more than six seasons in Portland before he was traded to Charlotte last season.

Yahoo! Sports and SI.com both reported that Przybilla has agreed to a veteran's minimum deal with the Blazers. A person close to the team told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a physical exam was tentatively set for this weekend. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal is not final.

"It appears imminent," said Przybilla's agent, Bill Duffy.

The 32-year-old Przybilla has not played this season. He has also been pursued by Chicago, Miami and Milwaukee.

Over an 11-year NBA career, Przybilla has averaged 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and four points per game.

He ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee in December 2009 and had two surgeries. Pain in the knee hampered him last season and he played just five games with the Bobcats.

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