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Elton Brand
Elton Brand
Position: F
Born: 03/11/79
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Nobody was more surprised than Hawks veteran power forward Elton Brand when he received the midnight email last July 1 from Knicks president Phil Jackson. Free agency had begun, and Jackson wanted to express his immediate interest and talk to the Westchester native. “It was at the deadline, at 12:01 a.m., then we spoke that morning,’’ Brand told The Post before the Hawks fell to the Nets at Barclays Center on Monday in Game 4. “It was surprising just because of his stature. It wasn’t surprising of what he was trying to do to rebuild that team and putting in that work. But it was surprising because he is who he is. It was like being in L.A. with the Clippers and all the championships he won when I was there.”
In the wake of the title, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones have decisions to make on their futures. Okafor is a projected top-2 pick in June’s NBA Draft and when the topic comes up, yes, Brand is a bit of a homer there, too. “He’s definitely gonna be one of those top three picks for sure,” Brand told SNY.tv Wednesday evening after his Atlanta Hawks defeated the Nets, 114-111 at Barclays Center. “I follow it, I watch the other guys and I don’t want to go full nepotism, but I would take him No. 1.”
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Elton Brand is not ready to say this is his final season. The Hawks center is in the home stretch of his 16th NBA season. Brand said Friday he will wait until after the season is over before making a decision about his future. “At this point, I’m 36, it’s all about the end of the season and how you feel,” Brand told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The first two weeks you take off and then see if you have the energy to train and come back at a high level.”
Ferry read a scouting report about potential free agent targets during a conference call with members of the Hawks’ three ownership groups and flippantly recited some insensitive comments about Deng’s African heritage that eventually forced him to take a leave of absence. “He said, ‘I don’t understand why it’s in the report, but I forgive Danny and I’m ready to move on,’ ” Brand said of Deng. “So that helped me. As a team, we felt like that’s a management issue. That was up there. We still got to play, we still got to get our fans back.”
Following the game, Korver admitted that he won $100 from center Elton Brand. It turns out there was a wager on what would happen first – a Korver dunk or a Brand 3-pointer. Korver better wait to spend the money. “That was a joke,” Brand said. “I don’t really bet but he did it. He’s not going to get any money for that fingertip dunk. No way he’s not getting any money for a fingertip dunk.”
“I root for the Sixers, but it’s been hard the last 2 years,” said Brand. “It definitely could have been different because we were so close. You see Boston breaking up, and we were younger than those guys. Miami breaking up, and we were younger than them. Indiana had a surge, but you see what’s going on with them. I see the pieces around the league – Lou Williams getting 30 [for Toronto] or Andre Iguodala being the glue guy [in Golden State]. Even [Marreese] Speights is getting 20 off the bench [for Golden State]. [Nikola] Vucevic getting 30 [points] and 15 [rebounds] some nights [for Orlando]. “[The Sixers] are getting assets and those assets have to grow. They’re stockpiling some young talent for sure and then this draft again. It is to be determined, so you’ll see in a few years what happens from it.”
In his 17th season now, Brand has a counterintuitive theory for the Hawks’ success — namely, that it’s the absence of superstars that makes the enterprise work in Atlanta, which is now 26-8. “Not to dump on any specific team, but when you play against a superstar, you know exactly where the ball is going,” Brand said. “Certain guys are going to get the ball at certain times at certain spots. They’re running their sets.”
Celtics guard Evan Turner reached out to Kyle Korver – via an intermediary – after he blasted the Hawks guard defensive ability in a loss last week. Hawks center Elton Brand, who was a teammate of Turner in Philadelphia for several seasons, said he got a text message from Turner the day after he said Korver “couldn’t guard to save his life.” Turner made the comment after the Hawks erased a 23-point deficit in a 109-105 win over the Celtics Tuesday.
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Brand re-upped for another year with the Hawks this season. He again has been used sparingly to start the season. Through Thursday, he had appeared in two games — the season opener and in late duty while in a blowout loss to the Cavaliers. Brand said he does not regret his decision stay with the Hawks. “It’s kind of what I expected coming here,” Brand said this week. “I look at the teams that I could have been with. Some are doing well. Dallas said ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to come back?’ Some other teams I could have played a lot of minutes with are doing really bad. So, would I want to be there?
Hawks’ forward Elton Brand, a good friend of Deng, said he was prepared to do whatever was necessary. “I was prepared to take a stand, Brand said. “I didn’t know if I should be an activist or an advocate or what to do.” Brand said Deng expressed his desire to move on, so Brand did the same. Now the Hawks will try and move forward and put a tumultuous offseason behind them. “I feel like we’ve moved forward already” center Al Horford said. “The situation came about, we met as a team, all our guys came together and we understood that whatever happened, happened.”
The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed forward/center Elton Brand, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “We are happy to retain Elton,” Budenholzer said. “In addition to the production he gives us on the court, he is the ultimate professional and a terrific leader. Elton’s presence is felt by all of us, but especially his teammates.”