The Philadelphia 76ers have officially agreed to a one-year deal with veteran forward Elton Brand.
Brand announced his retirement from basketball in August 2015, only to return for a second stint with the 76ers for the rest of the season on January 4. He didn’t appear in a game until March 4 against the Phoenix Suns, when he scored eight points and picked up four rebounds in 13 minutes of action.
He wound up playing 17 games down the stretch of the season, including one start. He averaged 4.1 points and 3.7 boards in 13.2 minutes per game. In late March, Brand became the 51st player in NBA history to record 9,000 career rebounds.
The upcoming season will be Brand’s 18th in the league since being taken No. 1 overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA Draft. He played a pair of seasons with the Bulls before being shipped to the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the 2001-2002 season in exchange for forward Brian Skinner and the draft rights to center Tyson Chandler. Brand’s best statistical season as a pro came in 2005-2006 with the Clippers, when he averaged 24.7 points and 10 rebounds per game. He helped Los Angeles to the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 1997, where they would go on to lose to the Suns in the conference semifinals.
Brand wound up spurning the Clippers as a free agent in the summer of 2008, opting instead to sign a five-year, $82 million deal with Philadelphia. He played four seasons with the 76ers before making stops with the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks before returning to Philadelphia last January.
Brand was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1999 and made All-Star appearances in 2002 and 2006.