Brand hinted Sunday that he'll likely retire after the season, Sixers writer Chris Vito reports. Brand has taken on an increased role over the last few weeks, but he's mostly served as a veteran locker room presence for Philadelphia this season after coming over from the Hawks. The former No. 1 overall pick enjoyed several productive years with the Bulls, Clippers, and 76ers (during an earlier stint), but at age 37 he's nearing the end of the road and would be unlikely to draw serious interest as a free agent. Brand holds career averages of 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocks over 17 seasons.
Brand will get the start at center on Tuesday night when the 76ers take on the Pelicans, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Tuesday will mark the first time this season that Brand will be in the starting lineup. The veteran has only played in 14 games with the 76ers this year, as he was brought on to serve in a mentorship role for many of the team's young stars. Brand has continued to see his minutes rise in the last week, as he has averaged 8.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 21 minutes a contest in the last four games. Look for him to split time with Nerlens Noel (knee) on Tuesday, who returns to the court on a 20-minute restriction.
Brand scored 13 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and added 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes during the 76ers' 100-91 loss to the Hornets on Friday. Brand posted season highs in scoring, rebounding, and minutes played on Friday, looking like his old self as he splashed mid-range jumpers and fought for boards. Given the injuries to Jahlil Okafor (knee), Nerlens Noel (knee), and Richaun Holmes (Achilles), Brand is one of the few healthy players capable of manning the center position. As a result, he could continue to see around 20 minutes per game for the remainder of the season.
Brand compiled 10 points (5-6 FG), three rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 17 minutes during the 76ers' 117-105 loss to the Warriors on Sunday. Brand has appeared in 11 of 14 March matchups, and Sunday's 10 points equaled his season high. Through 11 games, the 37-year-old is averaging four points (47.6 FG, 80.0 FT), two rebounds, one assist, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 11 minutes per contest.
Brand had eight points (3-6 FG, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds in 13 minutes during the 76ers' 112-102 loss to the Heat on Friday. 76ers' starting big men Nerlens Noel (knee) and Jahlil Okafor (shin) were both sidelined Friday, and coach Brett Brown indicated that Brand had earned the right to play anyways. The 36-year-old forward is unlikely to warrant serious consideration in fantasy, but he can still set a screen, pop to the elbow area, and knock down a jumper. His veteran leadership is obviously the main reason that he was picked up midseason, but it looks like Brand will at least see some time over the final months of 2015-16.
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