"We are happy to retain Elton," Budenholzer said. "In addition to the production he gives us on the court, he is the ultimate professional and a terrific leader. Elton's presence is felt by all of us, but especially his teammates."
The above quote comes from head coach and interim general manager Mike Budenholzer, and as always, the presence of Elton Brand is "felt by all of us". That is especially true on Tuesday evening, as the Atlanta Hawks have announced the re-signing of Brand for his second season with the club.
Financial terms were not immediately disclosed by the team, but Brand reportedly agreed to a 1-year, $2 million contract approximately two weeks ago, making this a solid bargain signing for the Hawks. The now 35-year-old Brand averaged 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season, but more importantly, Elton provided consistent minutes on both ends of the court in the midst of some trying circumstances related to injuries to both Al Horford and Pero Antic.
Brand's role could easily be diminished with the addition of both Mike Muscala (for a full season) and Adreian Payne, but even if everyone is healthy and "blocking" the veteran big man from playing time, his presence in the locker room is invaluable.