Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/13/12

The Dallas Mavericks claimed Elton Brand off amnesty waivers, the team announced.

The Mavs submitted a winning bid $2.1 million, sources told ESPN.com. Brand had been released Wednesday by the Philadelphia 76ers.

"Excited," Brand told ESPN.com. "I figured that I'd be claimed (off waivers) and that's definitely the destination I was hoping for. It's going to be great playing with someone of Dirk Nowitzki's caliber. Chris Kaman is still a really good player and is going to show everybody that. And I've heard a lot of good things about Coach [Rick] Carlisle."

The Sixers are still responsible for the remaining balance of the $18.2 million for the final year of Brand's contract.

Only teams under the salary cap could bid on Brand through waivers. He would've become an unrestricted free agent had he cleared waivers, but the Mavericks opted to claim him before that point. Dallas has added Brand, Kaman and Darren Collison this week.

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