The Dallas Mavericks won the bidding Friday to obtain two-time All-Star forward Elton Brand off waivers, the latest in a series of moves to build their roster after a frustrating start in free agency.
Brand was available after the Philadelphia 76ers this week used the one-time amnesty provision in the new CBA to let him go and not have the $18.1 million he is owed in the final season of his five-year deal count against their salary cap or luxury tax.
Brand will still get the full $18.1 million he is owed, with Philadelphia paying any difference. Any team under the salary cap was eligible to bid for the 6-foot-9 forward.
The winning bid wasn't revealed by the Mavericks. ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported it was $2.1 million.
Rockets • Houston has waived forward Luis Scola using the amnesty clause, clearing more salary space with a major move in mind.
The one-time provision allows Scola to leave without his remaining contract counting against the team's salary cap or luxury tax. Scola is due to make about $21 million over the next three seasons.
• Jeremy Lin flew to Las Vegas on Friday to sign a three-year, $25 million offer sheet with the Rockets, according to a person involved with the negotiations.
The Knicks will have 72 hours to match the deal.
Trail Blazers • Portland formally signed free agent power forward J.J. Hickson, British forward Joel Freeland and draft picks Damian Lillard (of Weber State) and Meyers Leonard.