Mavs claim Brand with winning bid

Posted: July 14, 2012

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks won the bidding Friday to obtain two-time all-star forward Elton Brand off waivers, the latest in a series of moves to build their roster after a frustrating start in free agency.

Brand was available after the 76ers this week used the one-time amnesty provision in the new CBA to let him go and not have the $18.1 million he is owed in the final season of his five-year deal count against their salary cap or luxury tax.

Dallas also completed a one-year deal with 7-foot center Chris Kaman, who had tweeted two days earlier that he reached an agreement with the Mavericks.

A year after winning their first NBA title, the Mavericks couldn't sway Deron Williams to come play for his hometown team. Williams stayed with the Nets for their move to Brooklyn. Plus, guards Jason Kidd and Jason Terry are leaving Dallas in free agency.

The Mavs acquired point guard Darren Collison and wing player Dahntay Jones from Indianapolis in a trade for center Ian Mahinmi.

Brand will get the full $18.1 million he is owed, with the Sixers paying any difference. Any team under the salary cap was eligible to bid for the 6-foot-9 forward.

The winning bid wasn't revealed by the Mavericks. ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported it was $2.1 million.

Brand was the top overall pick out of Duke in the 1999 draft by Chicago and has played 860 career games with the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Sixers. He was an all-star in 2002 and 2006.

Rockets cut Scola

Houston waived forward Luis Scola using the amnesty clause, clearing more salary space with a major move in mind. The one-time provision allows Scola to leave without his remaining contract counting against the team's salary cap or luxury tax. Scola is due to make about $21 million over the next three seasons. The Rockets have torn apart their 2011-12 roster as they push Orlando to send them all-star center Dwight Howard.

T'wolves clear space

Minnesota traded center Brad Miller and two second-round picks to New Orleans and waived swingman Martell Webster as they prepare to file a formal offer to Portland restricted free agent Nicolas Batum.

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