HoopsHype Elton Brand rumors

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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