Elton Brand Re-Signs with Atlanta Hawks: Latest Contract Details and Analysis

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2014

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The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed one of the top veterans still on the market in power forward Elton Brand. The sides agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal on Wednesday.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowksi had the news:

Brand, 35, has averaged 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over the course of his 15-year career, but his production has dropped significantly in the past few seasons. Still, he provided 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in an average of 19.4 minutes per game last year.

While he is getting up there in age, he explained to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he does not consider his career over.

"It's sad because I've been doing it for a long time and I love it," Brand said. "Body feels good and I didn't miss any games because of injury so as long as I can still compete and help out a team, hopefully this team, we'll see."

Vivlamore noted that there was competition for the veteran's services:

Meanwhile, NBA analyst Chris Palmer explained why this would have been a good move for the Los Angeles Lakers:

In the end, Brand decided to remain in Atlanta. The Hawks will now get an experienced frontcourt player who can provide solid defense off the bench as well as consistent points near the basket.

Although the two-time All-Star is no longer an impact player in the lineup, his addition to the rotation will certainly lead to a few more wins over the course of the season.

In addition to the production Brand will provide on the court, the veteran will provide plenty of leadership for the young players already on the roster. Considering he has had four seasons of averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in his career, he is someone who can be a mentor.

This relatively cheap signing represents very little risk for the organization and should pay off in a big way during the 2014-15 season.

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