The Philadelphia 76ers formally requested waivers on forward Elton Brand, who previously announced his intention to retire following the team's final preseason game at Miami on Friday.
The Sixers officially announced the move Sunday.
Over 17 NBA seasons, the 37-year-old Brand appeared in 1,058 career games with 868 starts for Chicago, the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia, Dallas and Atlanta.
The 6-foot-8 Brand posted career averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. His 1,828 blocks rank him 20th all-time in NBA history. The two-time NBA All-Star played 34,910 career minutes, which ranks 67th all-time.
While with the Clippers, Brand was the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.
Brand was the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Bulls and was named Rookie of the Year.