Report: Philadelphia 76ers Sign Elton Brand

Michael McGowanSenior Analyst IJuly 8, 2008

950 AM Radio in Philadelphia is reporting that Elton Brand has signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.  No terms of the deal have been released yet. 

Many believed that Elton Brand would return to the Los Angeles Clippers, after he chose to opt out so the Clippers could add other talent.  The Clippers had to renounce their rights to both Elton Brand and Corey Maggette to be able to sign Baron Davis. Then, they hoped to sign Brand too.

Today, the Sixers traded a future first round pick, Rodney Carney and Calvin Booth to Minnesota so they could add a $2.9 million trade exception and increase the salary cap space they had. 

No one knew whether it would be Josh Smith or Elton Brand that space would be offered to.  But 950, an ESPN affiliate, is reporting that a deal is done. 

Brand is familiar with the area, because his doctor who performed ACL surgery for him last year is located in North Delaware(Wilmington), which is about 15 minutes from Philadelphia. 

Brand played in only a handful of games last year due to that injury and expects to be at full strength this year.

Deals can be officially signed tomorrow, July 9th.

ARTICLE UPDATE:  It is 100% official Brand is going to be signing a 5 year 82 million dollar contract tomorrow.  The only question left is how many games will he play next year?