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Former NBA and European league center Primoz Brezec has retired from playing and joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as an international scout.
Brezec, 37, played for six teams over 11 NBA seasons beginning in 2001. His most recent NBA stint came in Milwaukee in 2010. He also spent time with the Charlotte Hornets (then Bobcats), Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers.
The 7-foot-2 Brezec has been playing overseas for the past seven seasons and was also a member of the Slovenian national team.
He joins a Cavaliers basketball operations staff headed by new general manager Koby Altman, hired to replace David Griffin in July.
Mike Gansey is assistant GM, and Brandon Weems the new director of scouting.
Chico Averbuck has been the Cavs’ director of international scouting for 17 years. Former Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas is still listed as special assistant to the GM, with Dan Vincent serving as advanced scouting manager.
Bernie Bickerstaff, Pete Babcock, Dave Henderson and Stephen Giles are other members of Cleveland’s scouting department.