The Hawks are trying to negotiate a deal with unrestricted free agent Elton Brand, reports Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 35-year-old big man spent the 2013/14 season on the back end of Atlanta’s rotation, averaging 19.4 minutes per night over 73 contests.
A report from earlier this month indicated that Brand had engaged in discussions with the Heat but suggested it was unlikely that the former first overall pick would join Miami. The Knicks were another team cast as a potential suitor, but it doesn’t appear there has been much movement on New York’s end.
The Hawks have a pretty well-stocked frontcourt as it stands, but bringing in a veteran to supplement their depth even further would hardly be a shocking maneuver. Although his best years are behind him, Brand could likely still provide some modest production off the bench. His PER dipped to a career low 14.0 last season, but that number isn’t far short of the league average 15.0. The Hawks roster will increase to 15 players if they reach an agreement to re-sign the David Falk client.