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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Elton Brand Signs with Atlanta Hawks

Free-agent big man Elton Brand is the newest member of the Atlanta Hawks.

The 14-year veteran signed a one-year deal with the Hawks on Monday worth $4 million, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst.

“Elton brings a veteran presence both on and off the court and is a welcomed addition to our locker room,” Hawks president of basketball operations Danny Ferry said in a statement. “His ability to play center or power forward will give our frontcourt a great deal of versatility and we think he will be an outstanding fit to our program.”

Hoopshype first reported the news via twitter:

Brand, 34, appeared in 72 games (18 starts) last season with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists in 21.2 minutes per game, while posting a .473 FG% and .710 FT%.

The two-time All-Star has averaged 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his career.

The Hawks will likely use Brand in a backup role behind center Al Horford and newly signed power forward Paul Millsap.

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