Elton Brand signs with Hawks

Free-agent center Elton Brand signed with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but a source told ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon that Brand received a one-year contract.

“Elton brings a veteran presence both on and off the court and is a welcomed addition to our locker room,” Hawks president of basketball operations Danny Ferry said in a statement. “His ability to play center or power forward will give our frontcourt a great deal of versatility and we think he will be an outstanding fit to our program.”

Last season for the Dallas Mavericks, the 34-year-old averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21 minutes per game.

The two-time All-Star has averaged 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his 14-year career.

While clearly not the player he once was, the Hawks intend to use the 6-foot-9 Brand in a backup role behind center Al Horford and power forward Paul Millsap.

Dallas, meanwhile, continues to pursue free-agent center Greg Oden while also negotiating with Milwaukee Bucks free-agent big man Samuel Dalembert, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. The Mavericks were scheduled to meet with Oden on Monday in Las Vegas.

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