The Hawks have signed F/C Elton Brand, per a press release from the team. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed to be a one-year deal.
Brand was a two-time All-Star before he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the 2007-08 season. Since then, he’s been a shell of his former self, but still a productive player. Last season with Dallas, he put up per-36 numbers of 12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds in 72 games of action. This was a bit of a decline from the season before with Philadelphia, where he started in 60 of the 66 games and played seven minutes more per game. In both seasons, he was a very positive player as the defensive anchor.
This is a good signing for the Hawks. Under the new CBA, nearly all one-year contracts are manageable. Likely at a low salary, Brand will play backup to Horford and Millsap in the frontcourt (which they needed), and could see the occasional spot start based on the matchup. If he’s a productive player, then great. If he’s not, then you still have the cap flexibility that comes with an expiring contract.