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News » Brezec expected to sign 1-year deal with Sixers 2009-08-05

Brezec expected to sign 1-year deal with Sixers 2009-08-05

Brezec expected to sign 1-year deal with Sixers  2009-08-05
Agent Marc Cornstein's two longest-standing active clients are Samuel Dalembert and Primoz Brezec. By sometime next week, both will be members of the 76ers .

Dalembert, of course, is the incumbent starting center. The 7-1 Brezec, a native of Slovenia, yesterday agreed in principle to become Dalembert's teammate.

Brezec, 29, is expected to come to Philadelphia to accept what a source is terming a 1-year contract for the veterans' minimum. According to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Brezec - with seven seasons of service in the NBA - is entitled to $1,107,572.

Cornstein confirmed the agreement, but would not comment on the terms. Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski declined comment.

"I think Primoz will fit in well in [new coach] Eddie Jordan's system because he's a shooter, he can pick and pop, and he's savvy," Cornstein said. "He gives them insurance and flexibility up front."

Brezec, who entered the league with the Indiana Pacers as a first-round draft choice in 2000 (No. 27 overall), is the fifth big man on the current roster, joining Dalembert, Elton Brand, Marreese Speights and Jason Smith.

He has career averages of 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds, also logging time with the Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors. He managed career-bests of 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds with the Bobcats in 2004-05.

He spent last season in Italy, and last played in the league with the Bobcats, Pistons and Raptors in '07-08, appearing in a combined 50 games. He has been a starter in 214 of his career 321 appearances.

Schedule releasedThe 76ers will open their 2009-10 season the same way last season ended - against the Orlando Magic.

The Sixers visit Orlando on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in their opener, according to the NBA schedule released yesterday.

The home opener at the Wachovia Center is 2 nights later against Milwaukee on Oct. 30.

The NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers make their only visit to Philadelphia on Jan. 29, while LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal and Cleveland come to town on Dec. 16 and March 12.

The Sixers have two substantial stretches of road games, playing seven of eight away from home from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5, and face their annual holiday road trip with six games from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3.

That first trip leads into five consecutive home games, beginning Dec. 7 against Denver.

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