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Elton Brand hopes Mavericks claim him off waivers

Jul 12, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

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For a veteran like Elton Brand, the process of being amnestied is unnerving — he has lost control of where he will play basketball next season. The Philadelphia 76ers used the amnesty clause on him to get the $18 million he is owed off their books (he still gets paid, it just doesn’t count against the cap). Now teams under the salary cap can bid to pick up a part of his salary and the highest bid gets Brand’s services for the year.

Brand was officially amnestied by the 76ers on Wednesday evening, the first player it has happened to this season. In the next 48 hours the secret bidding process takes place.

And Brand knows which team he wants to win it, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com.

Free-agent forward Elton Brand is hoping the Dallas Mavericks submit the winning bid for his services among eligible teams and claim him off of amnesty waivers, according to a source close to the 33-year-old…

League sources indicated that at least three teams with room, the Cavaliers, Bucks and Raptors, would not be making bids on Brand. The Suns and Hornets were contemplating making a bid, according to other league sources. But teams are leery of making bids if Brand doesn’t want to play there…

The Mavericks, the source close to Brand said, provide the best fit among the teams under the cap. They are well-coached and have an obvious superstar in Dirk Nowitzki.

Like everyone, he wants to go to a good team. He has no control over this, but he may well still get his wish.

  1. acdc363 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Slow morning.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    That would be a great signing

    • miamatt - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Has somebody hacked your account ’72? Or is this a sarcastic response to comments calling you out for making every story somehow about the Heat? The toll booth operators on the Don Shula Expressway want to know.

  3. thenmoveback - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    So Dallas makes a run for a few All-Stars like Dwight and Williams and gets turned down, losses key players in Terry and Kidd, and now its best offseason acquisition could possibly be Elton Brand? they have come a long way since winning the title a few season ago.

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Happy enough to of won a title. We also picked up Kaman and Collison. Not the greatest pick ups but can’t be a contender every year.

  4. heat256 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    What position would he play? They have Dirk at the 4, and Kaman at the 5. Would he want to be a backup? Figured he’d rather go to a place like the Spurs, where he could slide in next to Duncan and enjoy getting good playing time on a title contender.

  5. BigBeachBall - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    have the clippers shown interest?

  6. sunlightpianist - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Clippers and Spurs are over the cap. Teams must be under the cap to make a bid in this process. He can be back-up for both, 4 and 5, that should be playing time enough. And they could go big for some time without a small forward.

    If they get him, the Mavs are significantly better compared to last year, because they closed their big hole on the 5, and still have a solid PG instead of an old genius. And they still have a 8,9 Mio trade exception.

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