Apr 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter (25) drives the ball around Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla (10) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Joel Przybilla: Source: Przybilla to decide by Friday evening
Joel Przybilla - C - POR - Aug. 3 - 2:12 pm et
A source close to the situation says unrestricted free agent center Joel Przybilla will likely decide which team to sign with by Friday evening.
The Bucks are out in front right now, with the Blazers and Mavericks also in the running for the free agent big man. Przybilla averaged just 2.0 ppg and 5.1 rpg last season in 27 games, so no matter where he lands, it will be in a backup role and with no fantasy value.
And from ESPN's insider "rumor" section:
Przybilla close to decision2:49PM ET
"From the NBA unemployment line, source says free agent center Joel Przyzbilla will likely decide which team to sign with by later today or tonight," Amick said Friday. "It appears Milwaukee is out in front, with Portland and Dallas also in the running."
All three teams could use some depth up front. The veteran Przybilla may not have much gas left in the tank, but he can still hit the glass and block some shots in brief spurts.
- Tom Carpenter
Joel Przybilla was, just a few years ago, one of the best backup centers in basketball, providing elite rebounding and shotblocking, but that Przybilla has undergone serious regression at the hands of various injuries, and, much like the insider section notes, at this point I'm not really sure how much he has left in the tank. Prior to last year, even, there was heavy buzz going around that he was considering retirement. That's never a good thing when you're not too far past 30.
However, if he's been OK'ed by team doctors, he could provide pretty solid depth for a Maverick-squad that looks to have a trio of undersized centers backing up Chris Kaman, with Elton Brand, Brandan Wright and 2nd round draft pick Bernard James.
If he does come to Dallas, I will very much enjoy spelling "Przybilla" as often as I can.