Its Official: Elton’s Coming East

Marc Stein iof ESPN with a little music to my ears (eyes):

NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Brand has informed the Sixers that he will accept a five-year deal worth an estimated $82 million and spurn what was presumed to be a slam-dunk return to the Los Angeles Clippers to hook up with Clipper-to-be Baron Davis.

The Sixers cannot formally sign Brand before midnight, with Wednesday serving as the first day that NBA teams can officially complete signings and trades after the lifting of a league wide moratorium which began July 1.

Sick pickup by Ed Stefanski which makes me very excited about what lies ahead for this team.  Ed, a Philadelphia native, came in here with a mission; to bring the basketball fans of the City of Brotherly Love something that has not graced the court for a long time here in Philly, a true low post presence, and he did just that. Not since the days of Charles Barkley and Moses Malone have we had a dominant scorer that commands attention at the four-spot. I sense Ed has something else up his sleeve and I have a feeling there are more great moves ahead before the beginning of the 2008-2009 NBA season for YOUR PHILADELPHIA 76ERS.

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