Sixers hire Brand as general manager

Elton Brand has been hired as the new GM of the 76ers.

The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Elton Brand as their new general manager and vice president of basketball operations, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Brand will be introduced as the franchise’s new GM at a press conference Thursday, according to Wojnarowski. He had served as the general manager of Philadelphia’s G League affiliate in Delaware. Brand’s most-recent position with the Sixers was vice president of basketball operations.

Wojnarowski also reports the Sixers will also rework their player-personnel department, saying they are elevating Alex Rucker to executive vice president of basketball operations, Ned Cohen remains as assistant general manager and Marc Eversley stays as senior vice president of player personnel.

Brand was the first overall pick out of Duke in the 1999 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and was named Rookie of the Year. He played 17 seasons in the NBA, averaging 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds in 1,058 games with the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia, retiring after playing the final 17 games of the 2015-16 season.