When the Philadelphia 76ers decided to use the amnesty clause in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement on Elton Brand last week, the Dallas Mavericks were thought to be one of his potential suitors. Well, as it turns out, the interest is mutual, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.
Source: Elton Brand hoping to be claimed by the Mavericks. Story up soon on NBA.com.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 12, 2012
The Mavericks, who are thought to be planning a "very aggressive bid" for Brand in the amnesty waiver process, have salary cap space and a position in the front court open after using the amnesty clause themselves, jettisoning center Brendan Haywood on Wednesday. The Mavericks signed Chris Kaman on Wednesday to fill Haywood's spot, but Dallas also traded center Ian Mahinmi to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guards Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones.
Brand averaged 11 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the 76ers last season, his fourth season in Philadelphia.