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The Milwaukee Bucks appear to be close to signing free agent back-up center Francisco Elson.

The seven-footer has a championship ring with the San Antonio Spurs and he split time last season between the Spurs and Seattle.

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The 32-year-old Elson also played three seasons in Denver, where his agent Calvin Andrews said an oral agreement has been reached with the Bucks.

Andrews said a deal could be completed sometime today (Friday).

Elson is thought to be a better choice on offense than the Bucks' current backup center, Dan Gadzuric.

Elson has started in about a-third of his 334 career NBA games. He has career averages of about four points and four rebounds per contest.

Elson is a native of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and he became the first Dutch national to win an NBA title in 2007 with San Antonio.

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