HoopsHype Elton Brand rumors

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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Brand battled through a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon to play the final eight games of a contract year. The result: an $80 million contract from the 76ers. So Brand, who spent four seasons with Sixers, knows what’s eating at Bynum, who has an expiring contract, and the team that traded for him. “Coming off not being healthy, wanting to be there for your team, doing everything you can, high expectations getting here, same city. I definitely can relate,” said Brand, whose Dallas Mavericks visited Tuesday. “When I was here, I was optimistic. And I’m optimistic it’ll work out for their franchise. Eventually (Bynum) will be healthy. He’ll definitely still be seven feet. He’ll be a load down low. He’ll help this franchise.” Delaware County Daily Times

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Brand is a well-respected NBA veteran, but being amnestied by the Philadelphia 76ers gave him additional motivation in his quest to help his new team. “Being amnestied from a team, being in the playoffs, getting to the second round, I definitely want to prove a lot, but in the right way, not individually,” said Brand. “I’m at a point in my career where I’m not worried about the individual stats, it’s just helping the team win and win big. That’s my goal and being apart of that.” HoopsWorld

There are two ways to look at being on a new team with a one-year contract. One approach would be to want to showcase an individual game to earn the attention of a new team next summer. Brand points out that few teams will have as much cap space as Dallas, so the better way to approach the season might be to understand that a player who fits in and shares the bigger team goals might be in Dallas long-term. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge,” admits Brand. “There’s guys thinking that, ‘O.K., I need to audition, to show,’ but I don’t think there’s too many more teams with cap space than right here. If you want to audition, play right and play the right way and that’s fitting into the system and doing what ownership and the coaching staff would want, that’s what I would think.” HoopsWorld

Elton Brand, a first overall pick out of Duke and former All-Star, basically announced himself as willing and able to play the enforcer role. “I’m definitely going to have to anchor the defense, bring toughness,” the 6-foot-9, 254-pound Brand said. “I’m not proud of it, but I think I led the league in flagrant fouls last year. You’ve got to bring that. In order to win, you’ve got to do those kind of things, protect that paint.” Actually, Brand led the league in flagrant fouls in 2010-11, but you get his point. Truth be told, Brand sounded at least a little bit proud of his hacking history. “I’m not ashamed,” he admitted with a grin. “No regrets.” ESPN.com

September 21, 2012 Updates

The Elton Brand-Chris Kaman pairing isn’t the only Mavericks newcomer duo with L.A. roots that’s reuniting. Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo played for college rivals UCLA and USC, respectively, but they’ve shared a backcourt in a bunch of summer pickup games. They believe that informal experience will be a factor in forming instant chemistry now that they’re the Mavs’ starting guards. “It’s going to help make it a lot easier,” Mayo said. “Competing against Darren, I understand he’s a great player and a heck of a competitor. When we play in the summertime at UCLA, we’re actually on the same team a lot of time just because we’re familiar with each other and feel like that can give us an edge in pickup games.” ESPN.com

August 27, 2012 Updates

“We’ve never had a low-post presence like Chris Kaman since I’ve been here, certainly; a guy that we can throw the ball into and you don’t have to throw the ball to Dirk every other possession,” Nelson explained. “You know, our backcourt is young and it’s athletic. I think we’ll be able to get after folks defensively a little bit more. So, I’m really looking forward to it. … Obviously, you take a guy like Elton Brand, with his kind of integrity and presence, and he can go inside, he can go outside; he gives our frontline some versatility. You know, O.J. Mayo, here’s a guy that can play a little bit of 2, a little 1. So, I think we’re more athletic. I think defensively we’ve got the propensity and the bodies to be a little bit better. We’re not veteran, so we’re gonna have to attack in a different way, but I think we’re a little bit more youthful and athletic and dynamic, and I think that’s a good thing. NBA.com

“You know, the one thing that stands out is we don’t have veterans like we did. When you lose a guy like Jason Kidd and JET [Terry] in the backcourt, those are decision-making positions. We’re gonna have to do it in a different way. I think we do have the ability with our new guys to get in the paint and collapse some defenses. We all know what Roddy [Beaubois] and Delonte [West] can do, and to have Collison come in there, those are three young point guards that can get toe-to-toe with folks, pick them up fullcourt and they can get in the paint and make things happen. Jason Kidd and JET, those were two of the great Mavericks that ever put on a uniform in the history of our franchise, so I don’t think those are shoes that are easily filled. But I think these guys are gonna put their stamp on it and do it their own way.” NBA.com

July 16, 2012 Updates

Brand played in just 29 games in his first season and then endured the disaster of one season under Eddie Jordan. He averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds in his first season under Doug Collins and last season, he averaged 11.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in 60 games. "We just didn't get it done," Brand said. "I'm a realist. If we had got it done, I'd have still been there, absolutely. No hard feelings at all. I'll still root for the organization. I had a great time. The fans were great. We started changing the culture. It was good." Philadelphia Inquirer

July 14, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks, however, are comfortable with their new center-power forward rotation of Chris Kaman at starting center and Dirk Nowitzki and power forward, Elton Brand backing up both positions and Shawn Marion playing power forward minutes in addition to small forward. Getting Scola not only would be a bonus for next season’s roster, but a valuable asset for potential trades. Dallas Morning News

July 13, 2012 Updates

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