Report: Elton Brand signs 1-year contract with Atlanta Hawks


In the midst of the negative firestorm surrounding the entire Atlanta Hawks organization, the team has reportedly made a personnel move that should help bolster their frontcourt on the floor for the 2014-2015 season. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, who also provided additional details on the Danny Ferry phone call earlier in the day, reports that the team and veteran big man Elton Brand have agreed on a 1-year contract that will pay him $2 million for the year.

The team and Brand were reportedly engaged in talks dating back to late August, and because of that and the previous tie from the 2013-2014 season, this addition certainly isn’t a surprise. Brand, who turned 35 in March, was an integral part of the Atlanta roster last season, especially during the injury-depleted months following the Al Horford injury. As he enters his sixteenth season in the league, the veteran doesn’t possess a great deal of upside, but Brand averaged 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season, and the Hawks could do far worse than Elton Brand with regard to leadership and public service at this point in time.

It remains to be seen what kind of role that Brand will play, especially with a healthy Al Horford in the fold and Mike Muscala ready to progress, but this is a no-risk move that should provide quality depth.