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Report: Knicks expected to make contract offer for Elton Brand

Jul 2, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

Mavericks forward Brand moves towards the basket as he is defended by Clippers forward Barnes during their NBA game in Dallas Reuters

The Knicks can’t offer a lot of money, but they can offer a potentially bigger role on the team.

The Knicks have spoken to Elton Brand and are expected to make him a contract offer, tweets Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com. The mutual interest was confirmed by Howard Beck at the New York Times, although he says nothing is imminent (a deal couldn’t be signed until July 10, anyway).

Still, the Dallas Mavericks are considered the favorite to re-sign Brand. He played 21 minutes a game for them, averaging 7.2 points and 6 rebounds a game.

West grew up in New York, so there are ties there. Also, with the Knicks front court rotation after Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler is a bit unsettled — Amar’e Stoudemire will be back but on a minutes limit, likely not playing back-to-backs — and then there is Andrea Bargnani, who will be hanging at the three point line. There are minutes to be had for Brand, who was solid if not spectacular last season.

The Dallas roster situation is a lot more fluid, it hinges on the mood and decision making of Dwight Howard.

The issue is money — the most the Knicks could offer is the taxpayer’s mid-level exception of $3.2 million. Brand wisely sounds like he is going to be patient and see what other offers come in before making his decision.

  1. mdpickles - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Bwahahah! Where have all the old NBA players gone? NY and BKNY.

    • musclemilk805 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Actually no, wallace, thomas, barron, and kidd are gone, camby traded. They got younger and more athletic with a 7 footer in Bargnani, and Signing Brand is a far better choice vs what they did have. Brand stays in shape, and is a solid contributor coming off the bench vs wallace, thomas, barron and camby

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        thanks

      • paleihe - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Calling Bargnani anything close to athletic is blasphemy.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Sure, why not. Load the team up on PF’s that shouldn’t be allowed to play major minutes at C. Tyson Chandler has that covered for 48 min.

    • musclemilk805 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Why shouldn’t they be allowed to play major minutes?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        You really want a 6”8 center (Brand) then go ahead, be my guest. Or a center that grabs 4 reb. a game (Bargnani) like it’s a good look, then cool. Do you. Amare been playing out of position his whole career too.

  3. patfic15 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    What does West growing up in NY have to do with Brand potentially signing there?

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I was like wtf happened!

    • paleihe - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      He’s talking about North West, Kanye’s kid.

  4. musclemilk805 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    He’s a better option vs Barron, Wallace, Thomas, and Camby. Brand plays hard unlike all the young 20 yr olds in the league. Can give you 8 and 8 off the bench, and even 10 and 10 on good nights. Not a bad pickup. Does it make the Knicks better vs the big men on the roster now? Yes it does

  5. sdelmonte - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Elton hasn’t played at the Garden in too long.

  6. eboneseagles - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    This and the other rumored moves (barnes or delfino or garcia and nate) are great IMO. What they’ve really done this offseason is gotten rid of all the useless bums that populated the end of the bench last year (Camby,Kurt,Sheed,Barron,Qrich,Novak in the playoffs etc) The moves they’ve made and will be making will make them a lot better than the 54 win team they were last year.

  7. soflasfinest - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Knicks are a joke. I love having them as a “rival”

  8. jolink653 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I don’t think he’ll sign for what the Knicks want to play…he’d be a nice player off the bench though, and they would still need to sign a capable backup to Chandler so he doesn’t break down like he did last year

  9. bellerophon30 - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    If it’s the vet’s minimum, this would be a great deal. The mini-mid-level? Eh. Besides, don’t they need that for JR Smith, whom they need a heck of a lot more than Elton Brand. If I’m mistaken, then spend the mid on a shooter or retaining Chris Copeland.

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