Brand 'very interested' in returning to Dallas

Elton Brand is awaiting offers from other teams who have been in discussions with agent David Falk, but he remains “very interested” in returning to the Mavericks, he said in a text message.

The interest is mutual, although the Mavs might not have much money to offer Brand. The Mavs called Brand four minutes into the free-agency period to touch base. Brand understands that Dallas won’t make any deals until Dwight Howard makes a decision.

The 34-year-old Brand averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks as a backup center in 21.1 minutes per game in his lone season for the Mavs, who acquired him via amnesty waivers last season. The Mavs value his toughness, defense and veteran presence. Brand said at the end of the season that he wants to be part of the Mavs’ winning tradition, not just remembered in Dallas as part of the .500 beard bunch.

ESPNNewYork.com reported that the Knicks are preparing an offer for Brand, a New York native. Other contenders have also expressed interest and are anticipated to make offers.