Veteran big man Elton Brand is entering his 16th NBA season and possibly his second with the Atlanta Hawks, as it’s reported the two sides are in negotiations, according to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Hawks could add a 15th player before the start of training camp next month. They are in negotiations with unrestricted center Elton Brand, who played last season with the team.
Brand appeared in 73 games (15 starts) for the Hawks last year and had a solid season, averaging 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He was initially brought in for his leadership and experience, but ended up with a much bigger role following Al Horford’s season-ending injury in late December.
The 35-year-old veteran entered the 2013-14 season as Atlanta’s fourth-string center behind Horford, 31-year-old rookie Pero Antic and Gustavo Ayon, however, he was quickly tabbed as the starter when all three suffered injuries midway through the season.
Brand was contemplating retirement in the offseason, but now could find himself back in Atlanta.
The Hawks have one open spot left on the roster and there is no sense wasting that spot, especially when there are still great candidates out there in free agency.
If Brand can replicate his output from last season, this could be a great pickup for the Hawks — he knows the system and could contribute nicely for a steadily improving team.
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