Brand was formally waived by the 76ers on Saturday, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. It's just a procedural move, as Brand had announced Thursday that he would retire from professional basketball. Brand could end up sticking with the organization in a front-office position, but his departure leaves the 76ers with 19 players heading into Monday's deadline to trim the roster to 15 men.
Brand has opted to retire from the NBA, Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Brand was expected to retire after last season, but made the surprising move to sign a one-year deal with the Sixers at the start of September. He was expected to essentially be a coach off the bench, but he'll now officially close the doors on his playing career. Brand was named an NBA All-Star twice in his 17-year career (2002, 2006) and has played with five different organizations, including the likes of the Bulls, Clippers, Sixers, Mavericks and Hawks.
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.
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