January 15, 2015 |
WHEN HIS NAME is announced at the Wells Fargo Center these days, there is mostly an appreciative applause, at first. Fans realize that Elton Brand, signed to a 5-year, $80 million contract here in the summer of 2008 and ultimately bought out (for $18 million) 4 years later, played as hard as he could each minute on the floor here and carried himself as a true professional throughout. He was a big reason the team came within one game of advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012, losing to Boston in Game 7. He is now a part of the surprising Atlanta Hawks, who improved to 30-8 with a 105-87 win over the Sixers.
February 2, 2014 |
Thaddeus Young did everything but help the 76ers avoid a blowout loss. Motivated to play against his former teammates, the power forward put on a show Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. But Lou Williams, Kyle Korver, and Elton Brand won bragging rights, as the Hawks prevailed, 125-99. Young finished with 29 points on an array of dunks and jump shots and three three-pointers. Twenty-three of his points came in the first half. The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder also finished with eight rebounds, five steals, and a blocked shot before sitting out the fourth quarter.
July 17, 2013
Metta World Peace is going home to play for the New York Knicks. The Knicks said the contract has not been signed but an agreement has been reached. "The team is amazing, the players. I'm excited to play and hustle," World Peace said Monday while attending an NBA summer league game in Las Vegas. "Yes, this is going to happen," World Peace's agent, Marc Cornstein, said. "He's really excited to be joining his hometown team. That's obviously been something that's been a dream of his since growing up in Queensbridge.
July 4, 2013
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and other representatives of the team met Tuesday for about two hours with free agent center Dwight Howard to make their pitch for keeping him in Los Angeles. Howard became one of the NBA's most coveted free agents when free agency opened Monday. The Lakers have made no secret they want to keep him. The Houston Rockets, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Atlanta Hawks also are interested. Howard's first, and perhaps only, season in Los Angeles was a disappointment, ending in a first-round playoff sweep, and he acknowledged being unhappy at times.
June 28, 2013 |
IT'S AS IF Philadelphia upset some karmic balance and stuck itself in sports purgatory. And the teams keep paying, and paying, and paying. With the news that the Flyers will buy out the contract of alleged franchise goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, another redwood fell. The Flyers will eat $23 million to kiss Bryz goodbye after two unremarkable seasons marred by his alternate sulking and spewing. This, on top of the $3.3 million they paid fading scoring threat Danny Briere to leave last week.
November 29, 2012 |
Former 76er Elton Brand has fond memories of the four seasons he played in Philadelphia, and even though the team parted ways with Brand by using the amnesty clause on him, he has no hard feelings. "They are great players, great coaches and - even more important - they are great people," Brand said Tuesday morning as the Dallas Mavericks prepared to face the Sixers that night at the Wells Fargo Center. "And you hope that doesn't change because that could bring a team down. " "But as long as they have great guys who are willing to grow, willing to get better and willing to listen, the franchise will be all right," said Brand, who averaged 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in his time with the Sixers.
November 28, 2012 |
THOUGH HE spent only four seasons here, Elton Brand has a pretty good feel of the pain suffered by the Philadelphia sports fans. Brand, now a member of the Dallas Mavericks, made his first appearance late in the first quarter Tuesday night and received a nice hand from the crowd. He played 19 minutes and scored a season-high 17 points, to go along with eight rebounds. Last summer, he was amnestied out of the last year of his 5-year, $80 million contract by the Sixers and picked up by Dallas.
July 17, 2012 |
ELTON BRAND says he would have loved to return, but he also knew the Sixers had to make changes if they were going to improve. Those changes included the Sixers opting to use their amnesty clause on Brand, who was claimed by the Dallas Mavericks late Friday. Dallas' winning bid was reportedly $2.1 million, but Brand still will be paid the full $18.1 million he is owed. The Sixers will pay the balance, but the money will not count against the salary cap. The Sixers also are not bringing back guards Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks.
July 15, 2012 |
The Sixers' loss is the Dallas Mavericks' gain. The Mavericks won the bidding to obtain Brand off waivers, but did not reveal the winning bid. ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported Friday that it was $2.1 million. The Sixers decided to free up some salary-cap space by utilizing the one-time amnesty clause on Elton Brand. The $18.1 million he is owed in the final season of his 5-year deal does not count against their salary cap or luxury tax. Brand will still get that full amount, with Philadelphia paying any difference.
July 13, 2012 |
The 76ers made it official Thursday, finalizing the paperwork required to use the amnesty clause on forward Elton Brand. "On behalf of the Philadelphia 76ers, I want to thank Elton for his contributions to our organization and city," Sixers president Rod Thorn said in a statement. "Decisions of this nature are never easy, particularly when it involves a player of Elton's talent and character. He worked tirelessly for the overall good of the team every time he put on a Sixers uniform and we wish him nothing but the best.