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Elton Brand Signs with Atlanta Hawks

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Elton Brand signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, reports

Brand spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks and averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

"Elton brings a veteran presence both on and off the court and is a welcomed addition to our locker room," Hawks president of basketball operations 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."

The Hawks were one of five teams that were a contender in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes before he signed with the Rockets.

Dallas has interest in free agent big man Greg Oden, according to sources.  Oden has been plagued by knee problems throughout his career.

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