NBA Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Elton Brand
Now amnestied by the Philadelphia 76ers, Elton Brand is basically up for auction this offseason. At 33 years of age, Brand came off a respectable season in Philadelphia, averaging 11 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He was an integral part of a team that was one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals
Brand may not be the 20-point, 10-rebound man he was for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2003-2007, but he can definitely be serviceable for any team in the NBA. Brand showed hustle, tenacity and determination last season under coach Doug Collins.
Who will make a move to sign the two-time All-Star this offseason? Here are the top five rumored destinations to land Elton Brand's services.
The Bulls need a backup big man and while Brand may not be as large as Asik, he can certainly rebound and defend with the best of them. Brand would also fit well with Chicago, a city he called him home for his first two seasons in the league. In his first run as a Bull, Brand averaged 20.1 points per game.
Brand is now an experienced veteran who would complement Taj Gibson off the bench, adding scoring and tenacious effort to an already physical Bulls roster.
According to David Aldridge, the Nets have expressed interest in Brand's services now that he's cleared waivers after being amnestied. Brand would complement Brook Lopez very well at power forward and would allow the Nets to be a playoff contender even if they don't land Howard's services.
At 33 years old, Brand is the perfect veteran who could be had for a reasonable price. He'd solidify this young, athletic core and would help the Nets compete for years to come in the Eastern Conference.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers came up short in the Roy Hibbert sweepstakes and are in need of depth in the frontcourt behind LaMarcus Aldridge. Hibbert's max contract was matched by the Indiana Pacers, leaving the Trail Blazers without a big-name center.
Elton Brand could be the guy to fill that role.
Brand would do an excellent job of rebounding and playing tenacious defense for this team, complementing the athletic prowess and offensive skill set of Aldridge. Not only is Brand a good fit, but he will come cheap, giving the Blazers flexibility to sign a big-name player next offseason.
If the Blazers want an affordable option that will also provide quality minutes, they will make a bid for Brand this offseason.
After the departure of Jason Terry and Jason Kidd, the Mavericks are desperate to find some experienced scoring off the bench. According to ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan, the Mavericks have interest in Brand.
Elton Brand would provide quality minutes and double-digit scoring for a team that will be very plain and predictable outside of Dirk Nowitzki on offense.
Unfortunately for the Mavericks, they must hope that Brand clears waivers and becomes a free agent, due to their salary cap situation. But if this happens, expect the Mavs to sign Brand and add a great piece to their bench.
With all the rumors circulating around the departure of Dwight Howard, the Magic will be in need of a quality big man next season.
If Howard leaves, the Magic will depend upon Glen Davis to carry the load down low next season. Adding a veteran piece like Elton Brand would solidify a frontcourt that will experience a major overhaul this offseason.
Although no official rumors have come out yet, due to Howard's uncertainty, expect Brand to be coveted in Orlando if Howard departs.