I can't stop laughing this morning.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of hype and a lot of discussion about how improved the Clippers of Los Angeles will be next year, after Baron Davis agreed to a new 5 year deal with the club. Fans were imagining the potent combo of Davis-Brand, leading the team back to the playoffs and contending in the West.
Clipper Fan, you forgot something: You're the Clippers.
So this morning, turns out Elton Brand was pulling the old Carlos Boozer, telling his team he was opting out of his contract so they would have more money to sign free agents, and then surreptitiously sneaking off in the middle of the night to sign with the 76ers of Philadelphia.
Why, Elton? Why?
Money? No. The money is about the same the Clips could have given him.
Fame? No. If anything this move will make him less popular with NBA fans.
To further his movie career? (Brand is president of Gibralter Films, whose first film, Rescue Dawn, has grossed more than $27 million in box office and rental reciepts) No. He was in LA, for hell's sake.
During Brand's stay in LA:
1. The Clips won 42% of their games.
2. They made the playoffs once.
3. They had one decent season during Brand's tenure (47-35, which would not have even made the playoffs last year.)
And let's not forget, that after the 02-03' season, Brand already tried to leave the Clippers once, signing an $84 million contract with the Bienvenido a Miami Heat, only to have the Clippers match the contract(Brand was a restricted free agent at the time).
Brand saw a chance to jump the Clippers' ship (pun intended) to go to an up and coming Eastern Conference team, and he took it. Does it make him a traitor? Yes. Was it a low move? Yes. Was it completely predicatble? Of course.
Why? You're the Clippers.