NEW YORK Reports indicate veteran free-agent center Joel Przybilla will likely sign with the Bulls or the Heat in the near future. The seven-footer is an experienced shot-blocking presence capable of fitting into the Bulls defensive-oriented style, as well as providing insurance behind the teams big-man quartet of starters Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, and backups Taj Gibson and Omer Asik.
Chicagos entire corps of post players have been banged up to different degrees this season sans Boozer, who struggled with injuries last seasonso adding more sizable depth since Kurt Thomas wasnt re-signed has been in the making since the beginning of the season. But dont expect Przybilla to duplicate what Thomas brought to the table.
While both are solid defenders, Thomas acumen and positioning were his best attributes, while Przybilla relies more on his length and size. Also, Thomas was able to consistently knock down mid-range jumpers, something Przybilla hasnt showcased much over the course of his career.
As far as where Przybilla ends up, one advantage the Bulls have is that he could opt to stay close to his Midwest roots. However, Miami offers the ability to give him more immediate playing time, as the Heat are a lot thinner in the middle.
Regardless of where he ends up, expect the team that signs Przybilla to receive a basket protector on the defensive end, who is at least serviceable on offense. Ironically, hell probably end up having to face the suitor he turns down in the postseason.