Sixers waive Elton Brand via amnesty clause

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have waived forward Elton Brand and have designated him as the team’s amnesty player.

“On behalf of the Philadelphia 76ers, I want to thank Elton for his contributions to our organization and city,” said Sixers President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn.  ”Decisions of this nature are never easy, particularly when it involves a player of Elton’s talent and character.  He worked tirelessly for the overall good of the team every time he put on a Sixers uniform and we wish him nothing but the best.”

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Amnesty allows the Sixers to remove the final year of Brand’s contract – worth almost $18.2 million – from their salary cap. Teams below the salary cap ($58 million) are permitted to bid for Brand’s services. That team will pay Brand a determined amount and the Sixers will pay the remainder of the contract. The Sixers signed Brand to a five-year, $79 million deal on July 9, 2008. In four seasons with the team, Brand appeared in 246 games with 221 starts, averaging 13.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.33 block s and 1.01 steals in 31.5 minutes per game.”

Brand (6-9, 254) was signed as a free agent by the Sixers on July 9, 2008.  In four seasons with the team, he appeared in 246 games with 221 starts, averaging 13.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.33 blocks and 1.01 steals in 31.5 minutes per game while shooting 49.0% from the floor and 74.4% from the line.