Report: Dallas Mavericks Claim Elton Brand off Amnesty Waivers
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news on Twitter.
The Dallas Mavericks have successfully claimed Elton Brand off amnesty waivers, a league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2012
News of Brand’s impending release broke on July 6. As noted by ESPN’s Marc Stein, Philly's decision to part ways with their veteran forward was motivated by the team's impending signings of Nick Young and Spencer Hawes.
The amnesty clause is a provision in the new NBA collective bargaining agreement that allows a team to cut a player without any salary-cap or luxury-tax repercussions.
The 33-year-old power forward averaged 11.0 points and 7.1 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game this past year, and was set to earn $18.1 million for the 2012-13 season.
Was this a smart move by the Mavericks?
The former Duke star was one of several solid, if not unspectacular, players for the 76ers, who managed to achieve success this past season through tough team defense.
The Mavericks in the mean time have had a terrible offseason after putting all their eggs in the Deron Williams basket and being snubbed. Mark Cuban and Co. then watched Jason Kidd and Jason Terry walk away.
While Brand is not the player he used to be, Dallas needed to add solid, reliable players, and the power forward can still contribute quality minutes.
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