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Veteran F/C Brand signs with Hawks

Elton Brand will play for his sixth NBA team when he suits up next season for the Hawks, who are expecting Brand to be a veteran presence among a young team.

Elton Brand will play for his sixth NBA team when he suits up next season for the Hawks, who are expecting Brand to be a veteran presence among a young team.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks signed forward/center Elton Brand on Monday, the team announced.

Terms were not disclosed by the Hawks, but ESPN reported that it is a one-year contract.

Brand, 34, averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists in 21.2 minutes in 72 games last season with the Dallas Mavericks.

“Elton brings a veteran presence both on and off the court and is a welcomed addition to our locker room,” general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. “His ability to play center or power forward will give our frontcourt a great deal of versatility and we think he will be an outstanding fit to our program.”

Brand has averaged 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks in 35.2 minutes over 14 NBA seasons. He has played for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Mavericks.

His agent, David Falk, told USA Today that Brand’s playing days are far from over.

“Elton has four, five quality years left to play,” Falk said. “He’s not a person who makes plays with his speed or jumping. He’s a player who makes plays with his head. He’s not concerned with starting. He’s knows he’ll come off the bench.

“He’ll be able to play quality minutes at the four (power forward) and five (center) when teams go small. He played both in Philadelphia and Denver. This is a good opportunity for him.”

The two-time All-Star was the No. 1 pick in the 1999 draft by the Bulls after starring at Duke.

He shared Rookie of the Year honors with Steve Francis.