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Report: 76ers signing Elton Brand

Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

BOSTON, MA - MAY 12: Elton Brand #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates a shot in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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When a report emerged the 76ers were interested in adding Elton Brand and Shane Battier, the first question was: As players?

Apparently, yes – at least for Brand.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

This is the second major move of the Jerry Colangelo era. The first, trading for Ish Smith, came at the relatively high price of two second-round picks. Signing Brand shouldn’t be as costly, but it’ll still require the 76ers to burn an asset. They have a full roster of 15 players, so they could waive a young player or Carl Landry, which would require tying up $6.5 million in future cap space (either all next season or spread over three years).

The 36-year-old Brand announced his semi-retirement last summer, leaving the door open for a return. He should provide a positive influence in the locker rom for a team that believes it needs veteran voices. He could also be reasonably productive in limited minutes for a team that believes it needs to win more now.

Best-case scenario, Brand helps young players like Jahlil Okafor develop winning habits. Worst-case scenario, the 76ers miss an opportunity at a young player who develops because they used a roster space on Brand.

This is Brand’s second go-round in Philadelphia. The 76ers signed him to a five-year, nearly $80 million contract in 2008. That ended with them amnestying him.

The stakes aren’t nearly as high this time, but there’s still a little risk – and some upside – in bringing him aboard.

Mostly – like the Smith trade – this signals a changing of the process in Philadelphia.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber in Philadelphia, you can stream tonight’s 76ers-Timberwolves game here.