Elton Brand ended his 17-year career today, officially retiring at 76ers practice.
Elton Brand has announced his retirement. pic.twitter.com/S49smnml6r— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) October 20, 2016
Here’s a transcription of what Brand said above:
...17 years of playing the game that I love. It’s been great to me. I’m officially retiring and it’s for real this time. It was certainly a journey. I’d like to thank all of the organizations I’ve been a part of. Chicago Bulls, Clippers, the Sixers, of course, have been really great to me.
Brand, a two-time All-Star in his days with the Clippers, signed with the team for the second time on January 4 of this year in a presumptive mentor role to the teams multiple young big men, as he appeared in just 17 games. It was assumed that Brand’s career and time in Philly was done after that, but he surprisingly signed again with the team on September 7 on a one-year deal with $1 million guaranteed.
Brand originally signed with the team back in July 2008 for five years and $82 million. Injuries marred his first stint with the team and he was ultimately waived under the amnesty provision with one year left on his contract.
With the plethora of players in the Sixers’ front court, it didn't make much sense to keep him on the roster or give him any possible minutes aside from his role as a mature voice off the court and in the locker room. His retirement frees up one additional spot for the Sixers’ 15-man roster this season.