HEAT Sign Elton Brand to an Offer Sheet

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Miami HEAT President and Head Coach Pat Riley announced July 16 that the team has signed All-Star forward Elton Brand to an offer sheet. Under NBA rules, the Los Angeles Clippers now have 15 days to match the offer or the restricted free agent will become a member of the HEAT. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“This organization has always been committed to winning,” said Riley. “I think over the last eight years we have proven that by bringing in players like Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Jamal Mashburn, Brian Grant and Eddie Jones. This offer sheet for Elton Brand is a continuance of that commitment to try to win and put the best possible players on the floor for our fans to enjoy.”

Brand, who last season joined Tim Duncan as the only two players in the NBA to average at least 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2.50 blocks and shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, has led his team in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage in each of his four seasons in the NBA. In 62 games during the 2002-03 season, Brand averaged 18.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.55 blocks, 2.5 assists, 1.15 steals and 39.6 minutes while shooting 50.2 percent (451-899) from the floor and 68.5 percent (244-356) from the foul line.

For his career the four-year veteran from Duke University, who has played two years with the Bulls (1999-2001) and two seasons with the Clippers (2001-03), has averaged 19.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.92 blocks and 38.3 minutes while shooting 49.5 percent (2,191-4,430) from the floor and 70.7 percent (1,334-1,888) from the foul line in 297 games.