Elton Brand, Sixers
The Sixers are experiencing quite a bit of buyer's remorse after giving Brand an $80 million contract this past summer. Brand has been awful in the early going. To make matters worse, he struggles to play the style the rest of the team wants to play. More and more, it's looking like a bad fit for both parties. I've heard rumblings over the past few weeks that the Sixers would let Brand go for expiring contracts and a future pick -- a pretty small price for the most coveted free agent of last summer.
But will anyone want to take on his contract at this point? The Heat's Pat Riley has always been a fan. The Pistons are looking for a dominant big, too. A Chicago homecoming isn't out of the question either. And the Cavs might be willing to roll the dice, although that's a lot of money to gamble with. Will any GM or owner in the league have the guts to pull the trigger?
Chance of trade: 20 percent
It seems to me like Ford got quite a bit of attention from his measly little chat comment the other day, so he's going to ride this pony. If he's hearing something, fine, but subjective statements like "Brand has been awful in the early going," and "he struggles to play the style the rest of the team wants to play," are patently false.
Brand hasn't played like the Elton Brand of old in the early going, but 16 points, 10 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per 36 minutes is not awful by any stretch of the imagination. Furthermore, Brand hasn't struggled to play the style the rest of the team wants to play, the team struggled to play Brand's style of play, which was a horrible idea from the beginning. Since his return, the team has been running just fine with EB on the floor, and he's been right there, running with them.
I'm sorry, but I have a really hard time believing any portion of this blurb is coming from anyone in the Sixers' organization. Seems to me like Ford is trying to fan the flames of a b.s. fire he created in the media.