Veteran power forward/center Elton Brand is now an Atlanta Hawk.
The Hawks’ official website posted an update on July 15 saying president of basketball operations and general manager Danny Ferry made the announcement on the same day. Ferry lauded Brand’s versatility and the presence he brings to the locker room.
“Elton brings a veteran presence both on an off the court and is a welcome addition to our locker room. His ability to play center or power forward will give our frontcourt a great deal of versatility and we think he will be an an oustanding fit to our program.”
USA Today Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt writes Brand is set to earn $4 million on a one-year deal with Atlanta. Brand’s agent, David Falk, said his client has several years left in him and that he can provide quality minutes off the Hawks’ bench.
“Elton has four, five quality years left to play. He’s not a person who makes plays with his speed or jumping. He’s a player who makes plays with his head. He’s not concerned with starting. He knows he’ll come off the bench. He’ll be able to play quality minutes at the four (power forward) and five (center) when teams go small. He played both in Philadelphia and Denver. This is a good opportunity for him.”
ESPN reports Brand will back up center Al Horford and newly-acquired power forward Paul Millsap. In addition to snagging Millsap on a two-year, $19 million deal, the Hawks also re-signed sharpshooter Kyle Korver and matched the Milwaukee Bucks’ four-year, $32 million offer to restricted free agent point guard Jeff Teague.
Brand is a two-time NBA All-Star who averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2012-13 season. His career averages stand at 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his 14-year career.