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Report: Mavericks to make 'very aggressive bid' for Elton Brand

As was mentioned earlier in the item about the Dallas Mavericks' decision to amnesty Brendan Haywood, the team will make a "very aggressive bid" for former Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand through the amnesty waiver process, a source told Jeff Caplan of

Teams under the salary cap will get first dibs on Brand, with whoever makes the highest bid paying that amount toward Brand's $18.2 million salary for next season, with the 76ers responsible for the rest.

By using the amnesty provision on Haywood, Dallas will wipe his $8.3 million salary off its books, allowing it to perhaps offer to pay as much as half of what Philly owes brand.

"(The Mavs) are going to save Philly a lot of money," Caplan's source said.

UPDATE: David Aldridge of writes that Brand ideally hopes to clear amnesty waivers so that he can go to a team of his choosing, but assuming that doesn't happen, he would prefer to go to the Mavericks.