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Sixers strengthen low post play, sign Brand to five-year deal

Updated: July 10, 2008, 1:57 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Elton Brand believed his career would end as an L.A. Story.

Forced by an ultimatum Brand would not accept, the would-be movie mogul and two-time NBA All-Star instead opted to take his production east and see his name roll on the credits of Philadelphia's roster.

Brand and the 76ers made it official Wednesday on a five-year deal worth $79.795 million, a shrewd move that promptly turned the emerging franchise into Eastern Conference contenders.

"I'm prepared to ...

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