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Reports: 76ers to amnesty Elton Brand

Jul 6, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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Elton Brand has had a couple of solid seasons for the Philadelphia 76ers, but that wasn’t enough for them to keep him around at one of the highest salaries in the league.

The 76ers are going to use their amnesty clause to wipe Elton Brand — and the final year and $18 million — off their books, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (and since confirmed by multiple sources). Brand still gets paid his money but it disappears from the official team salary rolls.

The 76ers need to do this to bring back Spencer Hawes and sign Nick Young to a new contract. It gives them some room to make a run at retaining Lou Williams. (Do you want Williams and Young at the same time is another question.)

Brand averaged 11 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Sixers last season and was fairly efficient (he had a PER of 18 this season, 18.5 last season), but he didn’t really grab a lot of boards and he had some defensive matchup issues because he does not move well laterally.

The reality is Brand is still a serviceable NBA big man, just wildly overpaid at $18 million.

Under NBA amnesty rules, the teams under the salary cap can bid on Brand’s services and pick up a portion of his contract. That means the Mavericks, Trail Blazers, Suns, Hornets, Cavaliers, Rockets and other teams could bid on his services. The team with the highest bid would get his services. (To explain, if a team bids $3 million for Brand and that is the highest bid, he plays for that team and they pay him $3 million and the other $15 million he is owed comes from the $76ers. Only the salary bid counts against the new team’s salary cap.)

This is the 76ers one amnesty.

  1. loungefly74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    wow…18 million? good move by the 76ers. whoever picks up EB, will get a great guy for the bench…at a reasonable price.

    • Eberwizzle - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      I’m sorry….did you just say 18 million for Elton Brand then say good move 76ers? I don’t understand why they signed him to begin with for that money.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:47 AM

        its a good move that they amnestied Elton Brand…which was the point of the article.

        …agree that it was a lot of money but it was also the final year of his contract which tends to be the biggest salary year.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Let’s just say none of those teams bid on him. He’s an UFA at that point, right? Hmmm. Can anyone think of a certain team that could use some frontcourt depth to play for the veteran’s minimum? A team that may have once signed Brand to an max offer sheet in 2003-2004 but were matched by the Clippers, maybe? A team who features someone who was also a member of Duke’s 2001 recruiting class? A team whose CEO was a Student Manager under Coah K at Duke while Brand was there?

    I don’t know, if none of those teams bid on him, and he’s an UFA; maybe just maybe there’s a team out there like that.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Anyone can bid on him if he clears waivers. However, nobody around the league thinks that is going to happen, someone will bid on him.

  3. kingbeason52 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    The NBA has the weridest rules..Amnesties, Bird rights, protected and unprotected first round picks

    Ive also read about 10 times this week that a player has one of the highest salaries in the league..whats with the owners giving all these atrocious contracts..that seems to be why they had to create all this amnesty mess…

    • tsi431 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      The amnesty is only because the new CBA this year screwed up every other team that signed long term contracts years prior. Rules changed and luxuary tax spiked.

      Kobe for instance was under a good deal for the old CBA, but a terrible contract under the new CBA. Of course I am talking about cap numbers, not what a player brings to the table (quality of play, jersey sales, fans, etc).

  4. lookitsgreen - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I like him on my Celtics roster; a cheap reliable big cause Im not happy with Melo/ Stiemsma to start at center and I’d like KG back at his natural position… GO C’s 2013!!!

  5. hwatt - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I wonder if new contracts like the Rockets made to two players are constructed with huge payments in the last year on purpose. So the player sees all that money at the end guaranteed and gets happy and will sign, but the team signing him could likely amnesty him and just pay him out of the back door, so to speak. This works if the franchise has that extra $$, but if the team keeps him then they’re just really bogged down with a huge contract and unable to compete. Interesting the Rockets offered this to two slightly above average guys that could be great amnesty material by the team the last year of the contract rolls around. It’s like big, shiny bait.

    • bparmalee - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      The amnesty was a one time thing for players already on teams rosters. No new contracts can be amnestied. Teams…however… can use to stretch provision to lessen the blow of a bad contract and waive a player.

      • hwatt - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        aren’t all contracts ‘new contracts’ at some point? but ok, so basically my entire post is wrong. I get it, I’m ok with that:)

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Part of me wishes Grunwald wouldn’t match Lin’s deal out of spite to this POS Morey so the Rockets would FEEL IT in two years.

  6. bchapman2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Hey Elton,

    Come and joing the Lakers for a championship run. You will just have to take a 13 million dollar per year pay cut.

    • ljl2 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      He will still get the money on his contract whether he clears waivers or not. If he does not clear waivers and signs for the Vet minimum, that money goes on top of what he is already owed. Amnesty clause does not cut the team’s financial responsibility, just that figure’s inclusion in cap money.

      • dennisund - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Brand is going to make his $18 million next year- the amount the new team won a bid with, and the 6ers are responsible for the difference. If a team wins with $5 million, the 6ers pay him the other $13 million.

    • zacksdad - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      He will have to wait until next year. One of the teams under the cap will put a bid in for him, just like the Clippers got Billups last year.

    • cornbreadbbqred - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Look, he can’t spell join write, let alone give directions.

      • bougin89 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM


        Sorry, had to.

  7. CJ - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I think the 6ers screwed this one up. If you wanted to amnesty him LAST year and get 2 years off the books? Yeah, I get that. But an $18M expiring deal is a huge chip in today’s NBA, well worth the risk even if you lose Williams, Hawes and Young in the process. Those guys aren’t going to be difference makers on a team with a chance.

    To give that huge expiring contract away for nothing is silly, IMO. They could’ve sat on it and if a deal didn’t work out, let him go at season’s end and get the same end result. Bad move, but not surprising.

    • thesixersbench - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      I agree with your sentiments entirely. I’m a huge Sixers fan and thought this was a big mistake.

      I’m really nervous about the new ownership group, our front office and how “savvy” they are pertaining to the NBA’s system. Organizations like the Spurs and Lakers are so adept at manipulating the system that it makes me think we’re – intellectually – a cut below the rest.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Hawes already re-signed…

      • CJ - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        if you read the article and/or my comment, they could only pull it off if they planned to amnesty Brand.

        point is, even if keeping Brand for the hope of dealing his expiring contract meant no Hawes no (Nick) Young, and no Lou Williams (already gone anyway), it’s still worth the risk. Mostly because there is no risk, none of those guys are difference makers anyway, so there’s no reason to give Brand away for nothing now when they can deal that expiring contract for something valuable later.

        The only plausible explanation I can come up with is that they think losing Brand now without spending his cap savings makes them significantly less competitive and thus a better shot at the lottery. But even if that were the case, they’d have to follow through on that and deal Iggy. And even if they do, I still have a hard time believing they couldn’t get anything whatsoever for an $18M expiring contract before the season started. Especially since the guy isn’t a complete stiff and can actually still play a little. Any way you slice this, the move makes no sense.

    • philadelphiafan - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      I agree. The way I think about it is if you don’t have someone just as good or better then Elton to fill that 4 spot then why dump him? You’re going to pay him regardless. It would be nice if he was there to mentor the young LaVoy Allen for another year and also rookie Moultrie. The one positive I take from this is obviously the 18 mil freed up in cap space. They already let Lou walk so if they’re waiting until 2013 offseason to make a splash they basically gave up his last year for no reason. Although he was highly overpaid, Elton was a standup guy and great leader for my Sixers and I wish him the best going forward.

  8. dmb182 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Just to be clear (and excuse my lack of knowledge of the subject) does this mean Brand goes to the highest bidder or remains a sixes, or is being let go from the sixers implied in the term amnesty (because it certainly doesn’t make clear in the article that this means Brand won’t play for the sixers, although it says his salary won’t count against the cap it doesnt really make clear that this means he’s gone)

    I hate when radio shows and articles assume everyone is well versed in this stuff. as a guy trying to become a fan of NBA, i could really use a little more exposition on the terms instead of just throwing them around without explanation.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      The team with the highest bid of the teams under the salary cap will get his services and pay just the bid portion of his salary. If nobody were to bid he would become a free agent who could go anywhere but Philly (he can’t go back for a year, I think). He will draw bids. He has value on the court, just not $18 mil worth.

  9. srr1175 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    And about 20 minutes ago a tweet from Lou Williams: @teamlou23

    “Philly, I appreciate you all. Unfortunately I will not be coming back, as an organization they decided to move in a different direction.”

    • areyesrn - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Lou Williams will always be remembered for the shot over DWade to seal the Sixers lone playoff win in 2011.

      • xxakshunxx - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        I think Lou will probably be remembered more for being able to talk someone holding a gun to his head out of shooting and/or robbing him.. and THEN treating that guy to some McDonalds..

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        You know how you know you’re good?

        When the highlight of someone else’s career is a shot to beat you in a game you didn’t care about winning and nobody besides a very small number of your fans can remember, only a year later.

  10. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Hey, do any Clippers fans remember how he ganked the team and Baron Davis before he left Los Angeles? Just the same, the Lakers would be glad to have him.

    • somekat - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Shouldn’t Clippers fans be happy with him? If he had stayed, they would never of been bad enough to land Griffin, and Paul wouldn’t of wanted to go there because they’d of been just good enough to be near the end of the lottery every year.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    He was making too much for what little he offers since the injuries slowed him down.

    • areyesrn - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      He had an awful playoffs…he was consistently missing his money shots (midrange jumpers…expecially by the baseline). If he made those shots, they would have made it past the Celtics.

  12. iamhoraceknight - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    More Of a Reason That Perry Jones III Should have been the Sixers Draft Pick

  13. somekat - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    This is a horrile move by the sixers unless it is accompanied by an Iggy trade, which it won’t be, or by a big FA signing (which Nick Young is not), which it won’t be. If it was the start of a solid rebuild, and they were just getting him off the roster to give young guys the time, it makes sense. If Iggy is still here log jamming the actual building blocks they have, it makes no sense. If Young/Turner/Holiday and the group of rookies and 2nd year guys they have aren’t going to get a chance to run the team again, this is just another pointless move by a listless franchise.

  14. srr1175 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    although i commented earlier about Lou Will, I felt the need to come back for more.

    The Sixers took a gamble on him and signed him to a huge deal. He had injuries after coming to the Sixers. Who can predict that???? Nobody.

    Besides the large contract have we ever heard anything negative about Brand? NO.

    He is a class act, true professional, smart player, leader in the locker room, mentor to young players and a battler every night he takes the floor, injured or not.

    Even though I’m a life long Sixers fan, I would love to see EB get a ring wherever he goes.

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