Elton Brand completed his one-year, $4 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks this past season, and after he decided he was indeed returning for a 16th year, the Hawks should have had immediate interest in bringing him back.
Atlanta seemed to be content in letting him walk, but now things have reportedly changed. According to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, the Hawks do have interest in bringing back the veteran center:
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) July 1, 2014
If the Hawks are able to bring back Brand, it will likely be on a veteran’s minimum deal.
With All-Star center Al Horford coming back from a season-ending pectoral injury, and Pero Antic serving as his backup, the minutes will be much more scarce for Brand this year — although that appeared to be the exact same scenario entering last season before the team battled a myriad of injuries, to the frontcourt especially, and Brand showed he could contribute at a high level even as a 35-year-old.
With the Knicks also being interested in Brand’s services, he could sign elsewhere if he isn’t promised minutes with the Hawks, but he would most certainly be welcomed back to Atlanta if the price is right.