At this point in his career, Elton Brand is hardly an All-Star caliber player. However, the Atlanta Hawks apparently like what they see in the ex-first-overall pick as the two have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal. If the agreement is official, then Atlanta needs to know that the power forward turned center brings to the table.
Last year Brand spent time with the Dallas Mavericks and turned in the worst season of his 14-year career. Career lows in points and rebounds per game proves that the once dominant forward is surely on the decline. However, Atlanta just needs bodies at this point in time and a savvy veteran like Brand has been around the block once or twice and should give the Hawks some leadership if nothing else.
Even the most desperate NBA teams were unlikely to give Brand an offer considering younger projects like Andrew Bynum and Greg Oden were available on the open market. Let’s face it — it has been 14 summers the Chicago Bulls took Brand first overall in that year’s NBA Draft. Even still, the 34-year-old Brand must be doing something right if the Hawks are interested in the backup center.
Looking at the Hawks current roster, it’s going to be hard for them to even make the playoffs in 2013, so Brand obviously is heading to ATL for the money and not a championship ring. Considering that the two-time All-Star has never won an NBA championship, his move towards the bottom of the standings is rather shocking.