Mar 18, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Elton Brand (42) grabs a rebound between Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and small forward Dahntay Jones (30) during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Hawks, Elton Brand Agree To Deal


After losing forward Josh Smith to the Detroit Pistons last week, the Atlanta Hawks have signed veteran power forward Elton Brand to serve as Smith’s replacement.

“We think it’s a great opportunity for him,” Brand’s agent, David Falk told Hoops Hype. “I can see him playing 4-5 more years because Elton is serious about his conditioning and, besides, he plays more with his head than his body at this point. Atlanta is a good fit and Elton will be a good veteran presence there.”

Brand, who played for the Dallas Mavericks last season after being waived by the Philadelphia 76ers via the amnesty clause, averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He shot 47.3% from the field and 71.0% from the free throw line.

Brand, a 14-year veteran was originally drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the first overall pick in 1999. Since then, he has played for the Clippers, 76ers and Mavericks.

Over the course of his career, the 34-year old has averaged 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 50.0% from the field and 73.8% from the charity stripe.

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