Brand comes to grips being with the Clips

After being denied a move to Miami, Elton Brand is prepared to carry the tag of First Clipper Ever Paid.

Updated: August 13, 2003, 5:19 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Should this summer of Clipper surprises end with the matching of Miami's hefty offer to Lamar Odom, Donald Sterling will have committed some $190 million in long-term salaries to three players.

Yes. That Donald Sterling.

It's a level of spending even Elton Brand struggled to believe at first, even though he's the one Clipper -- the first in franchise history -- who was widely considered a lock to be retained at any price.

"I honestly didn't think they would match ...

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