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Mavericks Claim Elton Brand Off Amnesty Waivers for $2.1 Million

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Welcome to the team, big guy! Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Welcome to the team, big guy! Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

The wait is over. The Dallas Mavericks have claimed Elton Brand from the Sixers with a winning amnesty bid of $2.1 million. He only has a year left on his contract, and is still a defensive force to be reckoned with.

Per Marc Stein:

The league's 30 teams were notified shortly after 5 p.m. ET Friday that the Mavericks had lodged the winning waiver bid for Brand, who was released Wednesday by the Philadelphia 76ers through the amnesty clause in the NBA's new labor agreement.

The Sixers will still have to pay out the remaining balance of the $18.2 million owed Brand this season in the final year of his contract.

Brand will be joining new Mavs Darren Collison, fellow Dukie Dahntay Jones and his old buddy from the Clippers, Chris Kaman on the surprising Mavericks team. The front office is quietly putting together a quality roster despite whiffing on Deron Williams and Steve Nash last week.

More to come as we get the details hashed out.