Elton Brand Returns to Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers have continued their newfound strategy of adding veteran players- by bringing in someone who played for them years ago.

The Sixers Monday signed Elton Brand, the veteran big man who previously played for them from 2008 to 2012. Brand, 36, had announced his retirement in August after playing the last two seasons for the Atlanta Hawks.

The Sixers officially announced the signing Monday afternoon, but not before Brand announced it himself, in an article on Sports Illustrated's website The Cauldron, titled "Because I'm Not Through With the Game, That's Why":

"The truth is, my decision to return to the NBA isn't about money, and it isn't about rings," Brand wrote. "It isn't even about me, really, although every athlete would like to go out on his or her own terms. It's about repaying what's owed, about making sure that the young men who follow in my footsteps get what they're entitled to (and what I haven't always given them)."

Brand, like Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor, is a big man who played his college ball at Duke. In the piece, he defended Okafor, but stated that "I'm not coming here to hold Jahlil's hand ."

The team also announced that it has waived forward Christian Wood.