a small bend is probably ok.
i meant to say if you want to make the bend without any structural damage, the right thing to do would be to heat treat the steel so that the small, (initially) invisible cracks disappear (they're definitely there). like heating cracked ice to water then cooling it again.
i cracked a pipe a couple years back from stress and vibration fractures, so i'm sort of cautious about exhaust modification. but a small bend is probably ok, bracket may be better