76ers Sign Elton Brand & Release Christian Wood
- Updated: January 4, 2016
Philadelphia PA: The 76ers are looking for better results in 2016 as they have one of the worst records in the NBA at 3-33 and they have a lot of young players that have a bright future. On Monday afternoon, 76ers made a move that would help this young team as they signed veteran forward Elton Brand and released Christian Wood. Brand would sign with the 76ers for five-year, $85 million free-agent contract in July 2008 & he would play 4 season with the 76ers from 2008-2012. League sources have said that this was a move that was made by chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo. Elton Brand went to Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron Blog to explain why he decided to sign with the 76ers:
“The truth is, my decision to return to the NBA isn’t about money, and it isn’t about rings. It isn’t even about me, really, although every athlete would like to go out on his or her own terms. It’s about repaying what’s owed, about making sure that the young men who follow in my footsteps get what they’re entitled to (and what I haven’t always given them).”
I’m not coming here to hold Jahlil’s hand — or anyone else’s, for that matter — because that’s not what he needs. But I do believe my experience and wisdom can benefit him and my other young teammates. It’s about communicating with them like men, starting to grow together, and — hopefully, eventually — winning some ballgames. That’s what Sam Hinkie and I talked about when he approached me about joining the team, and what has me so excited about this opportunity.”
Later on, Brand would Tweet out about coming back to the 76ers
— Elton Brand (@TheRealEB42) January 4, 2016
Christian Wood would also go on Twitter to express his thoughts on being released by the 76ers, Wood would produced 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.1 minutes over 14 games.
To keep working and bettering my game everyday and let that do the talking that being said thanks philly for the opportunity you gave me..
— Christian Wood (@Chriswood_5) January 4, 2016
During his 4 years with the 76ers, Brand would play in 246 games, start in 221 of those games by scoring 3271 points with 1820 rebounds, 363 assists, 249 steals, 328 blocks (Stats via Basketball Reference)
The 76ers did confirm that Elton Brand would wear his number when he played here which was 42