HoopsHype Elton Brand rumors


October 4, 2013 Updates

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

September 14, 2013 Updates

One last thing: What can we expect from you this year on and off the court? Elton Brand: On the court, you can definitely expect a post presence defensively and offensively. Definitely looking forward to it, and I’ll be mixing it up and being tough in the paint for us. Like you alluded to there’s not a lot of size, but we’ve got some strength and quickness. Off the court, being a veteran leader, getting us prepared every night. We have a great group of guys that just want to win. Just knowing these guys from working out here, no one’s selfish, no one’s worried about contracts or anything, they’re just worried about getting better and winning. So, that’s the type of team I want to be a part of. hawks.com

July 16, 2013 Updates

I spoke today with Elton Brand, the latest Hawks free agent signee. Here are a couple of his quotes from the interview. On why he chose the Hawks: “It was attractive to me because I like what Danny (Ferry) is trying to put together there and the part that I would play. It was a tough decision because there were some other teams courting me. ... With my help in Atlanta we can be as good as some of the other teams that were courting me. I will be able to play and I love to play still. It was a great opportunity for me.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 15, 2013 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward/center Elton Brand, President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry announced today. Per club policy, terms were not disclosed. “Elton brings a veteran presence both on and off the court and is a welcomed addition to our locker room,” Ferry said. “His ability to play center or power forward will give our frontcourt a great deal of versatility and we think he will be an outstanding fit to our program.” NBA.com

Free agent forward Elton Brand is signing a one-year deal with the Hawks, agent David Falk told HoopsHype. "We think it's a great opportunity for him," Falk said. "I can see him playing 4-5 more years because Elton is serious about his conditioning and, besides, he plays more with his head than his body at this point. Atlanta is a good fit and Elton will be a good veteran presence there." Twitter @hoopshype

July 14, 2013 Updates

Johnson said the Knicks would love to add a banger-type big man. They likely will re-sign Kenyon Martin, but he was no help against the Pacers. The Knicks have been told by agent David Falk that Elton Brand won’t be signing with them. “We were exposed needing a big man,’’ Johnson said. “[Roy] Hibbert just destroyed us. We didn’t have anyone to deal with David West. Once we went small-ball, David West had his way. We need a rebounding, big man rather than putting all the emphasis on Tyson [Chandler] all the time. We needed another big [in that series]. If Amar’e [Stoudemire] was 100 percent healthy, that would have helped a whole bunch.’’ New York Post

July 11, 2013 Updates
July 9, 2013 Updates

Last week, sources said the Knicks were preparing to make an offer to Brand. But at this point, the 34-year-old New York native is pursuing offers from several other teams. With that in mind, the Knicks will likely now turn their attention to re-signing Kenyon Martin, according to a source close to the situation. The Knicks could pay him the $1.7 million remaining of their mini mid-level exception, or they could use a veteran's minimum contract to lock him up. That's all of the funds the Knicks have left. According to a source close to the situation, Martin is not close to signing with any team. ESPN.com

July 8, 2013 Updates

Brand, the 34-year-old Westchester County product, is a free agent, seeking one last contract before retirement. The Knicks, coincidently, have a dire need for another big man off the bench and are trying to snag him as their first free-agent acquisition this summer. “If this happens, this would be amazing,’’ longtime Peekskill High coach Lou Panzanaro told The Post. “He always indicated he would love to finish his career in New York, his last contract, in the twilight of his career. You never know how things are going to go. His mother [Daisy] hoped the same thing. Early in his career, she didn’t want him here because of the distractions. Chicago and L.A. were fine.’’ New York Post

July 7, 2013 Updates

Jared Zwerling: Source: No new news on Elton Brand. #Knicks still in play. ... On a side note, hearing that Telfair might not be in play for NY. Financial. Twitter @JaredZwerling

July 6, 2013 Updates

Jared Zwerling: Source: #Knicks still in play for Elton Brand, but other teams in pursuit. Decision could come this weekend. Twitter @JaredZwerling

July 4, 2013 Updates
July 3, 2013 Updates

Falk said it was “absolutely’’ possible for Brand to stay with Dallas, where he averaged 7.2 points and 6.0 rebounds last season in 21.2 minutes per game. But the 34-year-old Brand, selected No. 1 by the Bulls in 1999 out of Duke, grew up in Peekskill, where his mother still lives. The Knicks’ practice facility in Tarrytown is 15 minutes away. “He’s from New York and they’re a very good team,’’ Falk said. “But at this point of his career, my concern isn’t geography. My concern is getting him to a good organization, a good team. It’s the last contract for Elton and we want his last situation in the league to be a good one. So we want to make a good choice.’’ New York Post

The Knicks could be trying to add another former No. 1 pick to their roster. They have expressed interest in free-agent big man Elton Brand, according to his agent. David Falk said Brand, 34, the first overall pick in 1999, is interested in the Knicks also, but they're not the only team pursuing him. The 6-9 Brand averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21.2 minutes for Dallas last season. He has career averages of 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for the Bulls, Clippers, 76ers and Mavericks. "Elton's from New York,'' Falk said Tuesday. "The Knicks have a really good team. He's definitely interested in New York. But it's early. He's exploring his options. We very much appreciate the interest the Knicks have shown.'' Newsday

Collins, sources say, pushed for the Sixers to amnesty aging power forward Elton Brand to clear the cap of most of his $18 million salary. The Sixers used that space to sign Nick Young and Dorell Wright - both likely to walk in free agency - and extend Spencer Hawes' deal for another year at $6.5 million. Philadelphia Inquirer

July 2, 2013 Updates

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