Elton Brand a likely amnesty candidate for Sixers
The Philadelphia 76′ers have a lot of questions to answer in the off-season. They’ve overachieved, but as coach Doug Collins told Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com on Sunday, “to be a champion you can’t overachieve.”
According to Lynam, Sixers owner Josh Harris said that the team would amnesty a player this offseason if the circumstances called for it. The most likely candidate is the teams starting power forward, Elton Brand, who is owed $18 million next season in the final year of his five-year contract. The 33-year-old Brand is currently the 12th highest paid player in the league but averaged only 11 points and seven rebounds per game last season. In his 13 playoff games this season, Brand scored in double digits on only five occasions, in part because of a shoulder injury that has plagued him for much of his career.
Lynam reported on Sunday that Harris isn’t ruling out any options:
“It is very similar to what I do in my day job, which is what do you get paid for your assets?” 76ers owner Josh Harris said. “What’s the value of your assets? And right now all that is coming into play. Everything has to be on the table to improve the team so we are going to be smart about how we handle it.”