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Monday, April 22, 2013
Buy or Bye: Elton Brand

By Tim MacMahon


ESPNDallas.com will estimate the market value for each of the Mavericks' eight free agents and examine their worth to the Mavs in a once-per-day series.

Elton Brand


Elton Brand feels like he has a lot of unfinished business after his only season in Dallas.

“I’d like to be back,” Brand said. “Like I said, .500 for this organization is definitely a failure. I don’t want to be a part of that and leave a bad taste. I definitely want to be here on a winning team and try to rectify what happened this season, if possible.”

Brand held up his end of the bargain as a $2.1 million amnesty waiver claim. His numbers were career lows, but Brand was a consummate professional who accepted a part-time role, provided a physical presence and an excellent influence in the locker room.

It’d certainly be understandable if Brand decided to chase a championship ring with a contender that could use a quality backup big, but he says his preference is to return to the Mavs.

The Dallas decision-makers have tremendous respect for Brand, but the Mavs’ level of interest in him could depend on several other factors. For instance, if they re-sign Brandan Wright and acquire a starting center, the Mavs might be better off utilizing their remaining cap space/exceptions to address other areas.

2012-13 stats: Averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assists while shooting 47.3 percent from the floor in 21.2 minutes per game.

Age: 34

Comps:

Kendrick Perkins – Averaged 4.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor in 25.1 minutes per game. Signed five-year, $40.25 million deal in 2011.

Jason Maxiell – Averaged 6.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.8 assists while shooting 44.6 percent from the floor in 24.8 minutes per game. Four-year, $20 million deal expires this offseason.

Samuel Dalembert – Averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.4 assists while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor in 16.3 minutes per game. Two-year, $13.7 million deal expires this offseason.

Jermaine O'Neal – Averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 0.8 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the floor in 18.7 minutes per game. Signed one-year deal for veteran’s minimum of $1.35 million in 2012.

Zaza Pachulia – Averaged 5.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.2 blocks and 1.5 assists while shooting 47.3 percent from the floor in 21.8 minutes per game. Four-year, $19 million deal expires this offseason.

Estimated contract: Brand has made more than $145 million during his career, so it’s not as if he needs to go to the highest bidder. For a contender, he could be a fit for the taxpayer midlevel exception ($3.18 million salary next season). Maybe the Mavs could convince him to accept the bi-annual exception ($2.016 million).