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 announced Thursday that he will retire from the NBA following a 17-year career, Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
After a 17-game cameo with the 76ers last season in which he mainly served in a mentoring role to the team's young big men, Brand was expected to head into retirement once his contract expired in July. However, after discussing his future plans with the 76ers' front office over the summer, he eventually agreed to re-sign with the team on a one-year deal prior to training camp that included a guarantee of $980,000. He was expected to essentially act as a coach off the bench, but with injuries already making roster decisions difficult for the team, Brand's 15-man spot may have been in jeopardy. Brand will officially stick around with the team until their preseason schedule concludes Friday, after which he'll be waived by the team and collect his guaranteed money. The two-time All-Star's productive career has now concluded, but it's expected that Brad will stick around the game in some capacity, perhaps even in a front office role with the 76ers.
Brand signed a one-year contract with the Sixers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Brand hinted earlier this offseason that he would likely retire following his 2015-16 campaign, but it appears he's had a change of heart and will re-sign with the Sixers for another year. The 37-year-old will likely serve as a veteran presence off the bench, but should struggle to see anything more than spot minutes on a regular basis. Last season with the Sixers, Brand saw action in just 17 games, posting averages of 4.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 13 minutes per game. He should remain off the fantasy radar.
Brand hinted Sunday that he'll likely retire after the season, independent 76ers 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 the 76ers since signing with the team. 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.
Brand is yet to appear in a game since signing with the 76ers in early January.
Brand signed on with the expectation that he'd essentially act as a veteran locker room presence, and he's been just that. The 36-year-old is inactive on most nights and can be safely ignored in all formats.
Brand is inactive for Saturday's game against Portland, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Brand has yet to play since signing with Philadelphia and will be inactive yet again Saturday.
Brand will not be in uniform for Thursday's game against the Hawks, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
This may be a common trend for the newly signed center. While he did pass his physical, it appears that Brand will spend the night on the bench. The 76ers brought the 36-year-old to primarily fill a role of mentorship for the handful of young players on the team. Brand hasn't played since the end of last season so it could take him some time to get into game shape. Even if he does suit up for games, expect him to come off the bench in a very limited role.
Brand won't be in uniform for Monday's game against the Timberwolves, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports.
The 76ers cleared a spot on the 15-man roster by releasing Christian Wood on Monday, but Brand's deal with the team won't be official until he passes his physical. Expect Brand to be active for the 76ers' next game Thursday against the Hawks, though he doesn't figure to be a regular member of coach Brett Brown's rotation during his stay with the rebuilding squad.
Brand signed a contract with the 76ers on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
After announcing his retirement in August, Brand is set to sign on with one of his former team. The 36-year-old played for the 76ers from 2008-12, but looked to be on his last legs during a 36 game-stint with the Hawks in 2014-15, averaging only 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14 minutes per game. Rather than any on-court contributions, the 76ers are likely bringing Brand to provide mentorship for Philly's young big men, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, and Joel Embiid (foot). Philadelphia released rookie Christian Wood to make room on the roster for Brand.
Hawks forward Elton Brand will take his time before deciding whether to return for his 17th NBA season, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I'll see if I have another year of trying to get prepared and what it takes to be on an NBA roster," Brand said Thursday. "There is a lot of work you have to put in… After two or three weeks, I'll know. See if I have that itch. This team I might not and just lay back on the couch. We'll see."
Brand, 36, averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 36 games this season.
Hawks forward Elton Brand, a free agent this offseason, is reportedly interested in signing with the Knicks, according to the New York Post. That's if he decides to play at all in 2015-2016.
Brand, 36, started just four games in his second season with the Hawks, and scored a career-low 96 points. He could be leaning towards retiring, rather than continuing his career.
"I got to make a decision if I’m going to play and come back,’’ Brand said. "[The Knicks] are definitely on the radar for sure. Yeah, I’m thinking about it. Moving on to something else, but I still also love to play and still feel good. I’m going to look at both options."
Brand is a 16-year veteran and has averaged 16.1 points-per-game during his career.
With the top seed in the Eastern Conference wrapped up, the Hawks will not play their starting five on Saturday in order to rest them, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitutional.
Forwards Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, guard Kyle Korver and center Al Horford will sit out Saturday's game in Charlotte.
Starting guard Jeff Teague is already out with a left ankle sprain.
It's expected that backups John Jenkins, Mike Muscala and Elton Brand will get the start tonight.
After missing the last three games with an illness, Hawks center Pero Antic will be activated for Wednesday’s game against the Cavaliers, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In 19 games, Antic is averaging 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.
While Antic was out, forward Elton Brand saw his most extensive game action of the season. Brand appeared in three consecutive games for the first time this season and scored a total of nine points.
Hawks forward Elton Brand told reporters that he intends to play next season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The 34-year-old played 73 games, including 15 starts. He averaged 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds on 53.9 percent shooting from the field. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"My body feels good," Brand said. "I'm already training for next season."
Hawks forward Elton Brand put up a rare double-digit scoring game Wednesday against the Celtics, and filled up the box score well otherwise in a 115-104 loss.
Brand played 34 minutes in the loss and scored 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting, his best total in four games. He also added seven rebounds, five assists and five blocks, the latter two of which either set or matched season highs.
Brand has been productive in a larger role recently, averaging 9.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in 36.2 minutes over the last five.
Hawks center Elton Brand drew the start Wednesday, scoring a season-high 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting while matching a season high with 11 rebounds in his team's 114-97 loss to the Wizards.
It was the first double-double of the season for Brand, who scored no points in his previous 11-rebound game. He also had one assist and one steal in a season-high 35 minutes in the loss, Atlanta's seventh straight. Brand has averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds over 45 games played.