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Mavericks Claim Elton Brand

5:38pm: According to's David Aldridge, the Mavericks have not yet decided on whether they'll place an amnesty bid on Luis Scola, and they'll wait to see if other prominent players are amnestied before making a decision. All teams have until 5 PM EST on Sunday to place a claim on Scola. 

4:06pm: The Mavericks have submitted the winning bid and claimed Elton Brand off amnesty waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). Brand and his $18.16MM salary were amnestied on Wednesday by the 76ers, giving under-the-cap two days to bid on him. The Mavs' winning bid was $2.1MM, according to Marc Stein of (Twitter link), which will reduce the amount of money the Sixers owe the veteran big man to somewhere in the $16MM range.

The move is good news for Brand, who was hoping to join the Mavericks, and comes as no surprise, since Dallas was expected to make a "very aggressive" play for the 33-year-old. What's a little surprising is the amount of the bid — it was widely believed that it would take more than $2.1MM to land Brand, but perhaps with so many teams' cap situations still in flux, he received less interest than expected.

While Luis Scola may attract more interest from potential bidders, Brand's deal makes him attractive to the Mavs. Unlike Scola, Brand has just one year remaining on his deal and will become a free agent next summer, when Dallas is looking to clear a chunk of cap space to be active again on the free agent market.


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5 thoughts on “Mavericks Claim Elton Brand

  1. Tanner_applegate

    Yes sir baby………

  2. dc21892

    Not bad for the Mavs. They actually turned in a decent offseason even after missing out on Deron Williams.

    • gammaraze

      … and Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash… and everyone else they were looking at…

  3. Chad Maxwell

    Coming out of a die hard Bulls fan’s mouth, great move for the Mavs. The Mavs style of play is perfect for him. He still hits the 15 ft jumper with consistency and has always been a great leader behind locker room doors. No reason he can’t come in and give them 13-15 points a night with the open looks he will have playing next to Dirk.

  4. ShortBanks

    If Brand stays healthy , a super good pickup at that price

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