Elton Brand signs with the Hawks

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Elton Brand joins the Hawks.   (USATSI)
Elton Brand joins the Hawks. (USATSI)

The Atlanta Hawks announced they have signed free agent forward Elton Brand. Per his agent, David Falk, it's a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old forward averaged seven points and six rebounds in 21 minutes per game last season for the Mavericks.

Brand joins Al Horford, free-agent-acquisition Paul Millsap and rookie Lucas Nogueira in a robust but not especially overcrowded frontcourt. He can work in small-ball lineups at the five with Millsap or Horford, and he can bring veteran leadership to a team that has both experienced players and young talent.

Brand is not a huge impact player but has considerable value in short minutes. He's tough, knows how to operate and, every now and again, is really productive. On a one-year deal, it's perfect for Atlanta short- and long-term.

Another quality pickup for Atlanta.

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