The Knicks missed out on yet another free agent target on Monday when the Atlanta Hawks signed Elton Brand. Terms of the deal were
not disclosed by Brand, but the deal is reported to be in the $4 million range.
Brand last played with the Dallas Mavericks.
From the Hawks' release:
“Elton brings a veteran presence both on and off the court and is a welcomed addition to our locker room,” President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry said. “His ability to play center or power forward will give our frontcourt a great deal of versatility and we think he will be an outstanding fit to our program.”
Brand, 34, tallied 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists in 21.2 minutes per game (.473 FG%, .710 FT%) in 72 games (18 starting assignments) last season with the Dallas Mavericks.
The 6-foot-9, 254-pound big man has played in 932 career games (848 starts) over his 14-year career with Chicago, L.A. Clippers, Philadelphia and Dallas, putting up 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks in 35.2 minutes (.500 FG%, .738 FT%). He ranks second among active NBA players in offensive rebounds (3,170), fifth in blocks (1,707), seventh in total rebounds (8,516), 14th in field goals made (6,347) and 17th in points (16,242).