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BUCKS BEAT: Milwaukee has sights set on Przybilla

BUCKS BEAT: Milwaukee has sights set on Przybilla

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks are still in the market for a backup center and Joel Przybilla appears to still be their main target.

Bill Duffy, Przybilla's agent, attended the Bucks-Minnesota Timberwolves game Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.

Afterward, Duffy told The Journal Times that the Bucks are still pursuing his client.

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

Przybilla, 31, is drawing interest from several teams, according to Duffy. While Duffy wouldn't reveal those teams, league sources said Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers are among them.

There have been reports that Przybilla is seriously contemplating retirement. He has twice undergone knee surgery and played in only 36 games last season with Portland and Charlotte.

But Duffy said he was under the impression that Przybilla intends to keep playing now that his knee is much sounder.

Przybilla, an outstanding shot-blocker and defender, would plug a significant hole on the Bucks' roster as they don't have a bona fide center replacement for Andrew Bogut.

In the Bucks first two games this season, Bucks coach Scott Skiles has tried several players at the backup center position, including Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders, Jon Brockman and rookie Jon Leuer and has had mixed results.

Duffy said he expects Przybilla to make a decision soon, most likely right after the new year.

The Bucks have 15 players under the contract -- the maximum number -- and thus would have to make a roster move to accommodate Przybilla if they signed him.


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