Elton Brand Goes to Philadelphia

The Los Angeles Clippers are far from their 2008 – 2009 season and already their fans are suffering. Elton Brand has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers. It is a five year – eight two million dollar contract. Elton Brand had indicated that he was staying with the Clippers, until the big dollar offers started to come.

Earlier in this off-season, the Clippers had signed Baron Davis. The future looked bright with the pairing of Elton Brand and Baron Davis. Now it looks like Baron Davis will be the main feature in yet another year of rebuilding for the Clippers.

The Clippers also have lost Cory Maggette to the Golden State Warriors. With both Cory Maggette and Elton Brand gone, the Clipper offense loses about forty two points in production. That will be difficult to replace immediately.

One can’t help but feel sorry for Baron Davis. It is now speculation whether he would have come to terms with the Clippers, if he had known that Elton Brand was leaving. It’s tough being a Clipper fan. The season had such promise. At least the Clipper fans can take consolation that they have a team, unlike the basketball faithful in Seattle. They had to watch the whole NBA franchise leave town.

Catherine Forsythe