Former NBA player and Duke star Elton Brand has been named the General Manager of the G League’s Delaware 87ers.
“We are thrilled that Elton has agreed to take on the GM position of the Sevens, a natural next step given both his personal and professional skillset,” 76ers president Bryan Colangelo said via a statement. “The transition from a terrific playing career to team management was something that we have been talking about for some time and this opportunity is both timely and appropriate.”
“I look forward to working side-by-side with Elton as we continue to grow and develop our overall basketball program,” Colangelo added.
Brand said his recent job as a player development consultant for the 76ers gave him the urging to take the gig running the 87ers.
“I wasn’t sure if I [would] like working in basketball,” Brand told philly.com. “But I enjoyed it. So when the opportunity came, I took it. It’s an amazing opportunity.”
Brand, a 6-9, 254-pound power forward, averaged 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 17 NBA seasons with the Bulls, Clippers, Sixers, Mavs, and Hawks.
The No. 1 overall pick by the Bulls in the 1999 NBA Draft out of Duke, Brand was the 1999-2000 Rookie of the Year.
In two college seasons with the Blue Devils, Brand averaged 16.2 points and 8.9 rebounds.
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