In an effort to add depth and culture to the team, the Atlanta Hawks sign Elton Brand to a one year deal. The contract is estimated to be for about $4 million. Brand is expected to play both power forward and center behind Al Horford and Paul Millsap. Last season, with the Dallas Mavericks, Brand averaged 7.2 points, six boards and 1.3 blocks per game while playing 21.2 minutes per game. He played in 72 games and started in 18.
Brand was a number one pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1999 and since then he has spent time with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers. He has been in the NBA for 14 seasons and has career average of 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. He has been viewed throughout his career as a the ultimate professional and he should be able to help bring the type of culture that Hawks' GM Danny Ferry and Coach Budenholzer are looking to bring to Atlanta.
The addition of Brand puts the Atlanta Hawks in a similar position to where they were this time last year. They appear to be a team that could probably make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference but more than likely won't make it past the first round. The good news is that the team that Ferry has put together does not contain a long term contract, so that the Hawks may have the ability to add new and better pieces in the future without having to hang around the bottom of the barrel.
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