We all know ESPN’s Chad Ford and Joe Dumars have a close relationship, so when he talks Detroit we tend to listen.
ESPN’s Chad Ford said in a Tuesday online chat that “from what my sources around the league are saying, (Elton) Brand is available.”
Sixers president Ed Stefanski signed Brand to a five-year, $82 million contract on July 9. But Brand, a 10th-year power forward, hasn’t had the on-court impact the Sixers had hoped and won seven of eight games at the end of a 16-game stretch he missed with a dislocated right shoulder.
Later, Ford wrote: “The question is, given how poorly (Brand has) played this year and his huge contract, does anyone want him (by the Feb. 19 trade deadline)?”
The 30-year-old Brand is earning $13.8 million this season.
Ford speculated that the Pistons might be interested in trading Philly native Rasheed Wallace, who is in the final year of his contract, for Brand, but doubted if Detroit president Joe Dumars would be willing to take back Brand’s additional four years and $68 million” From Philly Blurbs via MLive
I happen to like Dave Dial’s take on the matter.
“Although Ford’s idea of sending Rasheed Wallace back home to his native Philadelphia seems like something that both teams would balk at. For the Pistons, this would leave the Pistons without the promise of the large amount of cap space that Dumars has been working to have for the summer of 2010.
For the 76ers, it’s hard to believe that Stefanski would attempt to unload Brand for solely cap relief just months after committing to the star power forward. The 76ers would need more than the expiring contract of Rasheed Wallace. Rip Hamilton is another native Pennsylvanian, and the prospect of a Andre Miller-Rip Hamilton backcourt may be pretty enticing to Stefanski.
Detroit could send Rip Hamilton, Amir Johnson and Kwame Brown to Philadelphia for Elton Brand and native Detroiter Willie Green. This would keep Detroit in the running for big name free agents in both 2009 and 2010 and allow Joe Dumars to pitch a possible core of Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Elton Brand. If the team does well the rest of this season, Dumars may be inclined to offer Allen Iverson a reasonable contract to add to the mix.”
A trade like that still keeps The Pistons in the running for the 2010 free agent class with plenty of cash to spend. Though, like most of you, I would love the Pistons to have a quality center if they make a trade, but that’s a tough trade to make.
I don’t know how you feel about it but I wouldn’t be ecstatic to have Brand on this team, great player but injury prone. I can’t remember the last time he played a full season.