The Sixers have signed free agent center Primoz Brezec to a 1-year contract worth $1.1 million.
The 7-1 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.
The signing was first reported last week in the Daily News.
“We feel that Primoz will provide us with additional size and depth in the front court, but just as beneficial is the wealth of experience he brings to the team not only on the NBA level, but internationally as well,” Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement.
Breezec, 29, has career averages of 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds, also logging time with the Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors. He posted career high 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 NBA 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.
A member of the Slovenian National Team, Brezec has competed in the 2003 and 2005 FIBA European Championships and the 2006 FIBA World Championship.