Elton Brand

Reports: 76ers to amnesty Elton Brand


Elton Brand has had a couple of solid seasons for the Philadelphia 76ers, but that wasn’t enough for them to keep him around at one of the highest salaries in the league.

The 76ers are going to use their amnesty clause to wipe Elton Brand — and the final year and $18 million — off their books, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (and since confirmed by multiple sources). Brand still gets paid his money but it disappears from the official team salary rolls.

The 76ers need to do this to bring back Spencer Hawes and sign Nick Young to a new contract. It gives them some room to make a run at retaining Lou Williams. (Do you want Williams and Young at the same time is another question.)

Brand averaged 11 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Sixers last season and was fairly efficient (he had a PER of 18 this season, 18.5 last season), but he didn’t really grab a lot of boards and he had some defensive matchup issues because he does not move well laterally.

The reality is Brand is still a serviceable NBA big man, just wildly overpaid at $18 million.

Under NBA amnesty rules, the teams under the salary cap can bid on Brand’s services and pick up a portion of his contract. That means the Mavericks, Trail Blazers, Suns, Hornets, Cavaliers, Rockets and other teams could bid on his services. The team with the highest bid would get his services. (To explain, if a team bids $3 million for Brand and that is the highest bid, he plays for that team and they pay him $3 million and the other $15 million he is owed comes from the $76ers. Only the salary bid counts against the new team’s salary cap.)

This is the 76ers one amnesty.

Carmelo Anthony says he can play at high level 4-5 more years

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Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.

He thinks he will be for a while longer — like another five years. Via Ian Begley of ESPN:

In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”

“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.

The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.

Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.

Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.

Kings pick up option on G Ben McLemore

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.