Many believed that Atlanta Hawks’ veteran power forward Elton Brand would be retiring. He seems to be having trouble finding a team. Brand, however, only missed nine games last season and still played 19.4 minutes per game. Plus, the 35-year old player in all seven of the Hawks’ postseason games (a first round loss to the Indiana Pacers). That’s why Brand is not ready to call it a career and instead looking for a new home.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors projected Brand to sign with the Bulls on Monday.
The Bulls have already had quite the offseason. They used the amnesty clause to waiver veteran power forward Carlos Boozer and signed Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol to a three-year, $22 million deal. They also agreed to a three-year, $17 million deal with Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotić, who they held the rights to. They could use Brand as a fourth or fifth big man to provide some scoring off of the bench.
In 1999, the Bulls used the number one overall pick to select Brand. Although he was very productive, after two years in Chicago, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent seven seasons with the Clippers, but left to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. After four years in Philadelphia, he was released via the amnesty clause and joined the Dallas Mavericks for a season. He signed with the Hawks last year.
Brand averaged 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 53.9% from the field and 64.9% from the free throw line last season. In his 15-year NBA career, the former Duke Blue Devils’ star has averaged 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. He’s shot 50.1% from the floor and 73.7% from the charity stripe.
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