By Bill Carey
July 06, 2012

The Philadelphia 76ers will use the amnesty clause to release veteran forward Elton Brand, reports Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnaroswki.



Wojnarowski reports that the team can't officially release Brand until July 11.

The 33-year-old Brand, a former All-Star, averaged a career-low 11 points per game last season.

The 76ers' signing of Brand in 2008 was stunning. Most believed Brand was headed back to the Los Angeles Clippers, with the Golden State Warriors considered the top competition for the free-agent forward. But Philadelphia came in with a five-year, $82 million deal that lured Brand away from the West Coast.

His time with the 76ers never lived up to expectations, though. Brand's four seasons in Philadelphia have been, statistically, the worst of his career. His first season with the team ended with shoulder surgery before the All-Star break.

Brand's best season with Philadelphia came in 2010-11 when he averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The 76ers have made the playoffs the past two seasons, but Brand has been a complementary piece, not a star player as had been expected when he signed.

Brand will likely still be attractive to contenders. He can score with his back to the basket and would provide a strong boost as a role player. But teams currently under the salary cap will have the chance to bid for his services on the amnesty wire, meaning a team like the New Orleans Hornets or Houston Rockets could try to land Brand before teams over the cap -- including most of the top teams in the league -- have a chance. Other teams currently under the cap include the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers, Wojnarowski reports.

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