Are Mavs still in market for a backup center?

August, 3, 2012
8/03/12
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From the start of free agency more than a month ago, the Dallas Mavericks have expressed interest in veteran big man Joel Przybilla. In fact, Dallas was interested in him last season before he decided to return to his former team, the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Mavs currently have a full 15-man roster, but that doesn't necessarily mean pieces can't be moved to fill another need. The Mavs are long on combo guards and short on size with 7-foot center Chris Kaman slated to be backed up by 6-foot-9 Elton Brand, lanky Brandan Wright and rookie Bernard James.

The 7-foot-1, 255-pound Przybilla has yet to make a decision on where he'll play next season, but the 12-year veteran is said to be ready to make up his mind later Friday, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick. The Mavs are believed to be in the running with the Blazers and Milwaukee Bucks, the team Przybilla started his career with and played with for three-and-a-half seasons.

The Mavs would seem a distant third in this race if they are indeed genuinely interested in toying with the roster to bring in Przybilla.

The Bucks traded center Andrew Bogut to Golden State in March in a deal that included undersized Baylor center Ekpe Udoh moving to Milwaukee. He'll pair with offseason trade acquisition Samuel Dalembert. Portland, where Przybilla has played the last eight seasons (with the exception a brief stint in Charlotte following a 2011 deadline trade), is in dire need of a veteran big man with only rookie Meyers Leonard and overseas project Joel Freeland on the roster.

Przybilla averaged 2.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in 16.6 minutes a game last season for the Blazers.

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