Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers will use the amnesty clause on Elton Brand to clear the remaining $18.2 million from his contract. This would have been the final year in the absurd five-year, $79.8 million contract they signed Brand to in July 2008.
The Brand signing was one of the league’s most shocking moves in recent years because it occurred after a season in which he had missed all but eight games because of a ruptured Achilles tendon. I’m not a doctor, but I thought that signing a player like that to a massive, long-term contract seemed like a really, really terrible idea. Sure enough, Brand in Philly was no longer the dominant low-post presence who gave you a guaranteed 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game. Last season, he made $17 million while averaging 11 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 28.9 minutes. Assuming Sixers ownership would go along with it, using the amnesty clause on Brand was a no-brainer.
With the cap room cleared by this move, Wojnarowski reports that Philly will sign Nick Young to a one-year, $6 million deal. This is a pretty good sign that the Sixers are going to let Lou Williams sign elsewhere, partially because he’ll almost certainly command a higher salary. As for Brand, he’ll be a useful third big man on another team next year — Marc Stein tweeted that the Mavericks might be in the hunt to claim him off the amnesty wire.