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HexNBA
07-04-2006, 05:20 PM
Przybilla accepts five-year deal to stay with Blazers

By Marc Stein
ESPN.com

One more top free-agent is off the market: Joel Przybilla has decided to stay with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Przybilla's agent, Bill Duffy, told ESPN.com that the 26-year-old has verbally agreed to sign a five-year deal with the Blazers believed to be worth more than $30 million.

Przybilla also had strong interest in Chicago, but the Bulls landed the No. 1 center available when they agreed to a four-year deal Monday with Detroit's Ben Wallace worth an estimated $60 million.

The Pistons, in turn, reached a verbal agreement Tuesday with San Antonio free-agent center Nazr Mohammed, but Przybilla -- who drew feelers from the Spurs and a handful of other clubs -- chose to stay where he is.

"Joel said all along that loyalty is important to him," Duffy said. "It means a lot to him that Portland gave him a chance two years ago when no one else did. His relationship with the Blazers and [general manager] Kevin Pritchard were very important factors."

nashtymavsfan13
07-04-2006, 05:22 PM
Good decision by Pryz. I knew he was going to stay.

fluid.forty.one
07-04-2006, 05:27 PM
Excellent.

nashtymavsfan13
07-04-2006, 05:33 PM
I'm glad he didn't go to the Spurs. Good decision.

rakesh.s
07-04-2006, 06:31 PM
A steal for Portland. He was a beast two years ago. If he gets back to that level, he could become an elite center.

sike
07-04-2006, 06:45 PM
poor, poor Pistons... ;)

fluid.forty.one
07-04-2006, 06:58 PM
Well they got Nazr earlier, actually the Spurs have a bigger center problem than Detriot does now.

MavsFanFinley
07-04-2006, 07:19 PM
I forget they have Skinner too. A center rotation of Raef/Pryz/Skinner is pretty solid.

nashtymavsfan13
07-04-2006, 07:31 PM
One more top free-agent is off the market: Joel Przybilla has decided to stay with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Przybilla is considered a top free agent?