Sad Reminder Of What Might Have Been, Sources Say Sixers Will Release Elton Brand

The “Philadelphia Inquirer” reported Friday, that their sources state that the Philadelphia 76ers will use their Amnesty Clause to release veteran forward Elton Brand, taking the last year of his contract with the club off the books, giving the team added salary cap space. The move will put an end to an ill-fated relationship, that the club and Brand thought would lead the Sixers to an NBA Championship. Brand’s contract is for $18.2 million for the upcoming campaign and by using the Amnesty Clause, Philadelphia will have enough cap space to sign Free Agent guard Nick Young to a one year deal according to the paper.

After an injury plagued 2007-2008 campaign, Brand decided to opt-out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, becoming an unrestricted Free Agent. The big man recruited Golden State Warriors point guard Baron Davis to play for the Clippers, enticing the veteran guard with promises that the two would put Los Angeles on the winning track. Davis, convinced by the sales pitch signed a deal with the Clippers, however at the eleventh hour Sixers former Team President Ed Stefanski, swooped in with an offer and Brand signed with Philadelphia.

Clippers former head coach and General Manager Mike Dunleavy and Davis were livid, when they heard of Brand’s decision. However the marriage between Brand and the 76ers, never came close to meeting the expectations that the team and the player had when they consummated the deal. Brand limited to 29 game his first year with the team due to injury, that set the tone for their relationship, as his best season was during the 2010-2011 season when he averaged 15.0 points per game, which was still far less than his worst season in the Association prior to joining the team , when he averaged 17.6 points per contest.

Any franchise currently under the salary cap can claim Brand on waivers, otherwise he will become an unrestricted Free Agent able to sign with any team he chooses. What ever salary he earns this season, would be subtracted from the $18.2 million that Philadelphia owes him.

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