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Report: Elton Brand to sign with Atlanta, according to agent

Jul 15, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

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The Atlanta Hawks needed a solid center who would allow Al Horford to play his more natural four spot.

For a year they may have found that guy in Elton Brandthe veteran big has agreed to a one-year deal with Atlanta, his agent David Falk told Hoopshype.

“We think it’s a great opportunity for him,” Falk said. “I can see him playing 4-5 more years because Elton is serious about his conditioning and, besides, he plays more with his head than his body at this point. Atlanta is a good fit and Elton will be a good veteran presence there.”

Brand is a 14-year NBA veteran who spent last season in Dallas on a one-year contract.

He was solid last season — his numbers of 7.2 points and 6 rebounds a game were down because his minutes were down (8 a game from his last season in Philly, 13 minutes a game from two years ago). But he shot a solid 47.3 percent, was a big defensive body in the paint and grabbed 15.7 percent of the rebounds when he was on the court.

He doesn’t have to do much but be a solid presence in the paint for Atlanta, Horford will carry the scoring load up front. The Hawks also have Paul Millsap in their front line mix. That is a stout front line for the Hawks. With Jeff Teague back and Kyle Korver spacing the floor, the Hawks should be a pretty good team next season, a team in the playoff mix in the East (like a 6-7 seed).

  1. nghtrder169 - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Classic example of a player not worried about winning a title… Not every player is out for the ring smh

  2. blakegriffin32 - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Their front court is small and bulky with Milsap and Brand

    • thatstinks - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Yeah agreed . I like what both bring to the table but both are glorified 4s .

  3. barkley4life - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Man I really wanted to see him on a contender.

    • thatstinks - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      I thought everyone but the Heat was ” tanking ” next season .

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:52 AM

        Since when do the Spurs tank?

  4. atlfan31833 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Hawks (under Danny Ferry) are doing a solid job. Ownership won’t spend big again for a while so they have to spend wisely.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Wow. That’s gotta be the smallest front court ever, 6″7, 6″8, and 6”10. Mmm. No thank you.

    Breaking news: MWP signs in NY

    • spursareold - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Who’s 6’10”? Not Horford. He’s about 6’8.5″.

  6. patfic15 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    7th in the East??? The same conference that sent Milwaukee? Try 4-5.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Disagreed. The Heat, the Bulls, the Pacers, the Knicks, and the Nets are all better than the Hawks.

      My prediction for the Hawks is the 6th or 7th seed.

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