Needing a veteran presence to help motivate and teach their young players the ins and outs of the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers have signed veteran big man Elton Brand, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charnia.
The former No. 1 pick, played 16 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Sixers, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks before announcing his retirement in August of 2015. His retirement was short-lived however, as the Sixers were able to coax him back to the NBA on Monday.
Brand appeared in 36 games with the Hawks last season and averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. He will likely play even less with the Sixers but is mainly there to be a locker room presence and a veteran for one of the youngest teams in the NBA. Brand will fill the role of Jason Richardson, who spent the last few years of his career on the Sixers, as a veteran that the team could turn to and learn from.
The signing of Brand is in line with the vision Sixers advisor Jerry Colangelo laid out when he joined the team. Colangelo is determined to help bring respectability to the franchise and has already brought in Mike D'Antoni in as an associate head coach. Brand may not be a big name signing anymore but he is an excellent veteran that can help bring some stability and maturity to a young team like the Sixers.