76ers sign veteran forward Elton Brand for 2nd time

Monday, January 4, 2016
Atlanta Hawks' Elton Brand, right, smiles as he walks off the court to high-five teammates after the Hawks beat the Phoenix Suns 96-69.

PHILADELPHIA -- Looking to add some veteran leadership in the locker room, the NBA-worst Philadelphia 76ers have signed forward Elton Brand.

A two-time NBA All-Star, Brand was the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and was named Rookie of the Year.

Brand has played 16 seasons in the NBA, most recently two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks (2013-2015). He has appeared in 1,041 career NBA games and made 867 starts, posting averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. Brand will join the Sixers for the second time in his career. He spent four seasons in Philadelphia from 2008-2012, averaging 13 points and seven rebounds per game.

The Sixers also waived forward Christian Wood.