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7-footer heads west from Atlanta

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Free-agent center Joel Przybilla signed
with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, putting the former
first-round draft pick on his third team in the last year.

The 24-year-old finished last season with the Atlanta Hawks
after being acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade in
February.

In 12 games with the Hawks, the 7-foot-1 Przybilla averaged four
points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. His career averages are
2.1 points, four rebounds and 1.37 blocked shots per game.

"Joel is a young man that has demonstrated the ability to
rebound and block shots especially when given the opportunity to
play last season in Atlanta," Trail Blazers General Manager John
Nash said. "We would welcome those attributes to our team."

Przybilla left the University of Minnesota after two seasons and
was chosen ninth in the first round by the Houston Rockets in 2000.
He was sent to Milwaukee in a draft-day deal and played three
seasons for the Bucks.

He started 62 games in 2001-02.