The Atlanta Hawks were plagued with numerous injuries to their big men throughout the 2013-14 season. Al Horford went out for the entire duration of the year as well as Gustavo Ayon, but Elton Brand was the sole Hawk to be healthy for the entire season. He is currently a free agent and has been said to be involved with contract negotiations with Atlanta.
The Hawks currently have one more roster spot to fill before entering training camp. Brand was an important asset last year and is still producing after 15 years in the NBA. He is already very familiar and comfortable with the style of head coach Mike Budenholzer, so his re-signing would be an easy addition for depth at the center and power forward positions.
Brand offers leadership and experience on a team full of youth and potential. His guidance and presence would be very impactful to the stability of the very ‘green’ Hawks. Budenholzer is creating a system in which the retaining and development of a solid group of guys is key to success. He has torn that page out of Greg Popovich‘s book from his time with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs hold onto their players and develop from within. Brand’s return for another season with Atlanta will help establish that sense of unity that the Spurs have utilized very effectively in order to be highly successful and win championships. The Hawks are on the same path by selecting the right pieces to play together. They’ve built a core of the most cohesive guys to fit the scheme that Budenholzer desires. The foundation has been started and the 2014-15 season should only build up from there. The sky is the limit for this club.