Wednesday , Aug , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers bring in seven-footer

=== Blazers bring in seven-footer ===

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers signed free agent
center Joel Przybilla on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not announced.

The 7-foot-1, 255-pound Przybilla split the 2003-04 season with the Milwaukee
Bucks and Atlanta Hawks.

“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,”
said Trail Blazers general manager John Nash. “We would welcome those
attributes to our team.”

In four career NBA seasons and 153 games , the 24-year-old has turned in per-
game averages of 2.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

Przybilla played two years at the University of Minnesota before becoming the
first round selection of the Houston Rockets with the ninth overall pick.