HoopsHype Elton Brand rumors

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Among power rotation players, the Heat has shown interest in Emeka Okafor and has considered Ekpe Udoh. Preliminary inquiries were made on Andray Blatche and Jason Maxiell. Agent David Falk said he talked to the Heat about Elton Brand but that Brand is unlikely to end up here. Miami Herald

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The Heat likely will add another veteran center at the minimum to replace Oden, but it has to be someone who’s content with not playing much. (Barring injury or foul trouble, it’s hard to see many minutes available, with Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen sharing virtually all the time at center; and Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem, Birdman and occasionally Danny Granger at power forward.) Among those still available: Elton Brand, Andray Blatche (Heat has avoided him before because of maturity, behavior issues), Charlie Villanueva, Ryan Hollins, Ekpe Udoh, Byron Mullins, Greg Stiesma and Andrew Bynum (who can’t stay healthy). Miami Herald

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Elton Brand intends to play a 16th NBA season. The veteran center, who spent last season with the Hawks after signing a one-year contract, will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday that he has no plans to retire. “My body feels good,” the 34-year-old Brand said. “I’m already training for next season.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Elton Brand is not ready to say goodbye. Not just yet anyway. The Hawks center said he will take a couple of months before deciding if he will return for a 16th NBA season. Brand will be an unrestricted free agent after playing out his one-year $4 million contract with the Hawks. “I’m going to rest a while, talk to the family, see what is going on with my son,” Brand said Monday as the Hawks held their season-ending interviews. “He is an avid basketball fan. He wouldn’t mind me playing but, my wife, we’ll see. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how I feel in a few months and make another run at it. “I’ve been doing it for a long time and I love it. My body feels good. I didn’t miss any games due to injury so as long as I could still compete and help out a team, hopefully this team, we’ll see.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The Bulls chased both Elton Brand and Marcus Camby hard in free agency last summer, hoping one would sign as a fifth big man. When the Hawks offered a one-year, $4 million deal, Brand turned down the chance to return to where he started his career. Chicago Tribune

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"I won a contest in the Daily News to be a ballboy for 1 year, in 1977," Lumpkin said. "Just a couple of weeks ago, Jeff told me that I had impressed him back then, and he decided to bring me back for another year, and it went from there. I went from ballboy to the ticket office to equipment manager to director of team travel services to still being here now. None of it would have been possible had it not been for Mr. Jeff. "Since we learned of his illness, you can't imagine the amount of people that have called or visited him. Maurice Cheeks, Jrue Holiday, Rick Mahorn, Darryl Dawkins, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand . . . Only someone like Mr. Jeff could get that. He was a regular Joe, but he never said a cross word about anybody, and he could tell jokes and stories that would make you laugh for days." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Asked if he was surprised the Mavs didn't re-sign him, Brand told the Star-Telegram: "I was a little surprise, but they were in the hunt. They had to get their (salary) cap situation straight and they did tender an offer. I think Dirk (Nowitzki) thinks it's my fault because he didn't say hello to me, but everyone else did.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Brand, 34, now holds the distinction of being the oldest player currently on the Hawks’ training camp roster. The veteran says he has no plans to retire at season’s end and while Al Horford and fellow free agent signee Paul Millsap figure to get the majority of the Hawks’ frontcourt minutes, he maintains he didn’t join Atlanta to serve as an end of bench mentor. “I’m not to that point where I’m the vet and content getting a few minutes per game,” Brand told HOOPSWORLD. “I want to play. I still think I have a lot in the tank and I’m looking forward to being out there playing.” HoopsWorld

Although he isn’t thinking retirement in the immediate future, Brand does admit his career is winding down which places more importance on winning. “During the latter stage of my career I’m just trying to enjoy myself,” Brand said. “I’m trying to win. Definitely trying to win. I look around this team to see what my role is going to be and I’m going to have to bring it and that excites me.” HoopsWorld

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