News on the free agent market pertaining to the Los Angeles Clippers had been cold since the Danny Granger acquisition, but Marc Stein of ESPN slid this note onto his timeline earlier today:
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) March 8, 2014
Upon hearing this news I questioned what exactly the Clippers intentions were here. Like earlier in the season, the Clippers have showed interest to several wing players instead of attempting to strengthen it’s big man core. Andrew Han of Clipper Blog then noted that the Clippers could be keeping an eye on Brown for “next season” purposes which makes sense. There’s no guarantee that Danny Granger will return and Willie Green, depending on if the team accepts or declines his player option, could be a free agent come the summer time. Brown could easily step in Green’s role as an emergency player that can provide on the offensive end.
Playing for the DonGuan Leopards over in China, Brown is averaging 30.9 points per game, shooting 50.4 percent on two-pointers and 32.4 on three-pointers. There is a small chance that this type of production would carry over to the NBA, but he’s not a bad luxury to have on a team that has been bit by the injury bug at the wing position.
Joining the Clippers in the offseason wouldn’t be Brown’s first NBA stint. From 2008 to 2010, Brown appeared in 113 total NBA games splitting time with the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and… Los Angeles Clippers. His Clippers tenure wasn’t anything special as the guard averaged 3 points in 23 appearances for the club.
While the news of the Clippers interest in the 29 year old guard will likely wane as the playoffs are coming up, this is something to keep an eye on when free agency roles around this summer.