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Published on May 22, 2008
Primož Brezec (born October 2, 1979 in Postojna, Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian professional basketball player. He currently plays center for the National Basketball Association's Toronto Raptors.
Brezec grew up in Sežana, where he played for local team Kraski Zidar in the first national league of Slovenia. During his high school years was a member of the basketball team and a major star of ŠKL league (national high school league). As a professional he played for KK Union Olimpija from 1998 until 2001.
Brezec was chosen by the Indiana Pacers with the 27th overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. After three years with little playing time, he was picked up in the 2004 expansion draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. As their starting center, Brezec averaged career-highs of 13 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during the 2004-05 NBA season. He also scored the first points, made the first turnover and the first free-throws in the franchise history.
On December 14, 2007, Brezec, along with Bobcats teammate Wálter Herrmann, was traded to the Detroit Pistons for center Nazr Mohammed.
On the 2008 NBA trade deadline, February 21, 2008, Brezec, along with cash considerations, was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Juan Dixon. During his Raptor debut he hit all five of his shots and finished with 11 points, three rebounds and a block in 13 minutes off the bench against the New York Knicks on a February 24 win.
In early March, just two weeks after Brezec joining the Raptors, a fan started a website called ReSignPrimoz.com, to convince the Canadian franchise to re-sign the center to a contract-extension in the offseason.