2: Bruce Brown
In August, Bruce Brown signed a one-year, $4.7 million qualifying offer to return to Brooklyn, meaning that in the summer, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
During the 2020 draft, the Nets acquired Brown from the Pistons as part of a three-team trade. Last season, he played in 65 games (and started 37 of those) and averaged 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
This year, he’s averaging 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in the 30 games that he’s played in. Brown’s built his reputation in the league around his defense, and while he was a valuable addition to Brooklyn last season in its playoff run, the Nets no longer have the same need for him.
Why? Well, because of players like DeAndre’ Bembry and David Duke Jr. Bembry’s been a defensive spark for Brooklyn, and the undrafted rookie has made his way to the starting lineup because of his impact on the defensive end.
Because of Brown’s contract, he’s not able to be traded until Saturday, Jan. 15. And even then, his no trade clause allows for him to veto any trade that’s made between then and the end of the year. Due to his decreased playing time, will he be willing to go elsewhere? And because of the position that he’s in with his contract, there could be another team that’s willing to offer him a good amount of money in the offseason.
Brown’s future is in his hands.