HoopsHype Elton Brand rumors


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

The New York Knicks are preparing to make an offer to Elton Brand, a league source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. The terms of the offer for the veteran power forward are undisclosed at this point. ESPN.com

Several other teams have expressed interest in Brand, according to the source. Brand is attracted to the Knicks because of their winning culture and first-class organization. In addition, the team is close to his hometown -- he's from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., and his mother, Daisy, still lives nearby -- and qualify of life is important to him as he decides on his next team. ESPN.com

Jared Zwerling: League source: #Knicks are preparing to make offer to Elton Brand. Brand is from New York, wants to join winning team. Mutual interest high. Twitter @JaredZwerling

June 30, 2013 Updates
May 1, 2013 Updates

Seeing his team fall 10 games below .500 on Jan. 9 after also beginning the year without Nowitzki for the first 27 games, Brand would assist the Mavs’ veteran leaders in staging a late-season rally to get back into the playoff conversation before finishing up by breaking even at 41-41. Now, Brand hopes to continue calling Dallas his home as the Mavericks’ front office tries to build a team capable of competing in the Western Conference. “You know, free agent-wise, of course I’d like to be back,” Brand said. “Like I said, .500 for this organization, that’s definitely a failure. I don’t want to be a part of that. It left a bad taste, so I definitely want to be here on a winning team and try to rectify what happened this season if possible." NBA.com

April 29, 2013 Updates
April 18, 2013 Updates

With free agency looming, center Elton Brand would like to return to the Dallas Mavericks for a second season. And he hopes to help make amends for the disappointing non-playoff 41-41 record the Mavs put on the boards this season. "Free agent-wise, of course I'd like to be back,'' Brand said Thursday. "Like I said (Wednesday), .500 for this organization, that is definitely a failure. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 17, 2013 Updates
April 14, 2013 Updates

Elton Brand, who never returned to peak form after tearing his left Achilles tendon during his prime, is betting on Kobe Bryant. Brand believes the 34-year-old Bryant will regain his Hall of Fame form after going through the grueling rehabilitation process that will follow Saturday’s surgery to repair his torn left Achilles tendon. “Everybody knows his work ethic,” Brand told ESPNDallas.com before the Mavericks’ Sunday game against the Hornets. “I think he’ll be fine. I know they said there’s no way to come back to 100 percent from it, but if there’s anybody that could come close, he can.” ESPN.com

March 29, 2013 Updates

That little tidbit was leaked to the media by shooting guard O.J. Mayo upon playful questioning following Tuesday night’s thrilling overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He meant no harm, but it was convenient fodder for an opponent looking for a little extra juice on the second night of a back-to-back. “I don’t think anything was meant by it as far as disrespect to how good the Pacers are,” Mavs center Elton Brand said. “We knew that wouldn’t be a cakewalk by any means. We knew that.” ESPN.com

January 29, 2013 Updates

Kaman has expressed disappointment that things have not worked out better, although Elton Brand has been the team’s most effective center of late and Bernard James and Brandan Wright also have played well at times. “I talk to him all the time about it,” Carlisle said. “He’s a good player and we need him. We have good, honest conversations. Sometimes, there’s a difference of opinion, but that’s OK. Reasonable men have a right to disagree. “But I make it clear to him that he’s an important guy on this team, and we need him and need what he can do for us.” Dallas Morning News

January 17, 2013 Updates
December 31, 2012 Updates

Asked about Carlisle’s suspension talk, Brand said: “If that’s what he said, I’m pro-team, but I don’t want to see any of my teammates suspended. That’s insubordination in my locker room. I’m part of this. I hope he wasn’t talking about me. So we find a way to put in that work and get better. I don’t feel it’s at the level that guys need to get suspended, but we need to find a way to get guys to play hard and play as a team.” Dallas Morning News

December 16, 2012 Updates

The horrible, heartless events in Connecticut, where 20 elementary school children were murdered, has left an impact on everybody — especially parents. NBA parents are no different. “My oldest is in school now, and it’s heart-wrenching that the lives of children were taken away,” said Elton Brand, whose child was born in 2008. “That’s the scary part. It could happen anywhere. I like to drop him off at school, and he waves and smiles and says, “See you later daddy. “And those kids aren’t coming back. I just said a prayer and wished their families the best — such a tough situation. You drop them off at school, you feel like he’s happy and safe. To think that something like that could happen, it hurts.” Dallas Morning News

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