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Report: Kwame Brown reaches two-year deal with 76ers

Jul 13, 2012, 2:06 PM EST

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Philadelphia cake shops, you’ve been warned.

The Philadelphia 76ers have reached a two-year, $6 million deal to bring in Kwame Brown, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The second year is a player option. There is no chance Brown doesn’t pick up that option.

Philly fans and bloggers are going to have fun with this. Taking shots at the former No. 1 overall pick, the guy yelled at by Jordan and who frustrated Kobe Bryant, is as challenging as mocking the Twilight movies. It’s barely worth the effort.

The thing is, at that price Brown is not a terrible backup big man. He’ll frustrate Doug Collins with his defensive rotations (or lack thereof), he will fumble passes out of bounds, but he will also play solid man defense on the block and grab a few rebounds. If you compare him to expectations he is a bust. But if he had been a late first round or second round pick, he’d be another nondescript NBA journeyman.

Which is what he is now.

A different question is did the Sixers get better this summer up front by amnestying Elton Brand, re-signing Spencer Hawes and bringing in Kwame? No, they did not.

  1. spellingcopfather - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    People called him a bust years & years ago, but yet he still worth $6 mill….WOW!!!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      yes, he is worth 3 million a year. As the article alluded to, back-up big men don’t grow on trees. They are a commodity. 8 pts, 7 rebounds in his last mostly full season. Good investment. Hell, the Nuggets are trying to pay Javalle McGee and his 10 and 5, 10 mil. per.

      • boilerup1869 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        yeah but cmon, this is a jordan draft pick we’re talking about here

  2. andyreidisfat - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Thorn and Collins HAVE TO GO NOW!

  3. dylude - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Source says….

    HOU sends Kevin Martin / Patrick Patterson / Jon Leuer / J Jordan / Brockman / S Livingston / Jeremy Lamb (rights) / Terrence Jones (rights) / Toronto’s future 1st / Dallas’s future 1st

    Orlando sends Dwight Howard / Jason Richardson / Chris Duhon / 2 future 2nd round picks

    • CJ - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      So, almost literally an entire team in exchange for cap hell (Richardson) and a half season of Howard (once they have no shot at the deadline and he refuses to resign, they’ll trade him). Makes perfect sense. Orlando would be crazy to turn that down

  4. lookitsgreen - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    What kind of BUST gets paid $6m?! DUMB OWNERS…

  5. kwf1224 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    This is a big injury risk.

  6. swingondeesenuts - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    While this is a low risk move, I don’t quite understand what the Sixers are doing this off season. They really needed to go all in in an attempt to get D. Howard to have any chance to compete next season but instead have decided to sign a bunch of role/bench players and let the best pure scorer on the team walk.

    I really hope Collins knows something we don’t or it could be a long season next year.

  7. fanz928 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Just not a first pick worthy but not a bust people set the bar too high for him

  8. hscribner - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    It’d be great if he turned it around this season and lived up to the hype.

    He won’t, but it’d be awesome to see.

  9. Mr. Jones - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ and commented:
    Why do people keep signing him?

  10. loungefly74 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    the “Tony Mandarich” of the NBA…

  11. lakerluver - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Man, it must be nice to be 7!!

  12. lakerluver - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Oops, 7 ft!! @hscribner, dude, you’re darn tootin it ain’t happening!! Kwame’s almost 30 and is a ten year vet, if it ain’t happened yet it never will!!

  13. rajbais - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Stephen A. Smith’s head is exploding!!!

  14. lancer255 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    As a sixers fan I wish new what management’s plan is long term because right now I’m confused.

  15. rajbais - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I have to say this. I hate watching Kwamé Brown on the court. I feel that he should be out of the league right now. However you need to have talent to make a team and be on the floor.

    Compared to the former second overall pick Hasheem Thabeet Thabeet is even more untalented and extremely worse in production.

    Kwame was in Washington for his first four years. Thabeet is now on his fourth team before entering year #4 and he has only proven that he has just been a final piece to every trade that his current team has had to make.

    Kwame (sadly) has enough talent to get on the floor and show us how bad he is. He also has enough talent to survive his four-year rookie deal and that was after Michael Jordan left the general manager post.

    Thabeet cannot even get on the floor to show us how badly he sucks!!! Plus, his fourth year was declined by his team and the deadline to exercise it was BEFORE his third year.

    Kwame cannot be the biggest bust of all time because high school players before LeBron James all had a tough time adjusting to the NBA. Look at Darryl Dawkins, Kobe Bryant, Rashard Lewis, and even the biggest flameouts like Leon Smith and Korleone Young. They were not as immediate of contributors compared to former college players.

    Historians and very knowledgeable people of the NBA view LaRue Martin as worse than Kwame. He came out of college. Look at his numbers on basketball-reference.com.

    Kwame is only called a bust because of overreaction, the lack of history being studied, and the fact that the more often you see him on the floor the more you want to vomit.

    Thabeet and LaRue Martin in the old days were so bad that we would throw up before they even checked into a ball game.

    Thabeet at #2 with three years of college experience versus the ex-high schooler Kwame Brown at #1 is worse.

    Thabeet is on the verge of not playing for more than 7 years. Kwamé is in year #12 and will get more playing than Thabeet’s career minute average of 10 per game in Philadelphia this season. That is right! Thabeet has a career average of 10 minutes per game.

    Kwame will ruin Philly’s frontcourt and I hope that Lavoy Allen kicks his butt in practice and get ahead of him in the rotation!!!

    As for Thabeet, he will likely be traded before the 2013 trade deadline and have five teams in four years.

    For the record:
    Career Stats:

    Kwame Brown: 22.4 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG

    Hasheem Thabeet: 10.3 MPG, 2.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG

    • somekat - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      I would guess that Allen is already ahead of Brown in the rotation, and Brown would have to dominate Allen to take the spot. I’m pretty sure Allen may make more with the deal he signed a few weeks back (for some reason, I want to say it was 3 and change per year, 2years).

      Brown is what he is, and standing by itself, a decent signing at 3 mil per year. Even if he is #10-11 in the rotation, he is a big body that can d, grab some boards, and use up fouls. The problem is, it’s another move that does not make the team better, following a few that made them worse (brand for nothing, while still having no cap space or clear target, and Young swapped for fan fave Lou Williams), which makes this move…frustrating.

      Seems like same as always, the ownership is satisfied with just not being one of the worst in the league. Another year of Turner not getting minutes because Iggy is getting them, Holiday not running the offense because Collins insists on running it through Iggy, and a team full of swing men that can’t play in the half court set. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

  16. rajbais - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I have to say this. I hate watching Kwamé Brown on the court. I feel that he should be out of the league right now. However you need to have talent to make a team and be on the floor.

    Compared to the former second overall pick Hasheem Thabeet Thabeet is even more untalented and extremely worse in production.

    Kwame was in Washington for his first four years. Thabeet is now on his fourth team before entering year #4 and he has only proven that he has just been a final piece to every trade that his current team has had to make.

    Kwame (sadly) has enough talent to get on the floor and show us how bad he is. He also has enough talent to survive his four-year rookie deal and that was after Michael Jordan left the general manager post.

    Thabeet cannot even get on the floor to show us how badly he sucks!!! Plus, his fourth year was declined by his team and the deadline to exercise it was BEFORE his third year.

    Kwame cannot be the biggest bust of all time because high school players before LeBron James all had a tough time adjusting to the NBA. Look at Darryl Dawkins, Kobe Bryant, Rashard Lewis, and even the biggest flameouts like Leon Smith and Korleone Young. They were not as immediate of contributors compared to former college players.

    Historians and very knowledgeable people of the NBA view LaRue Martin as worse than Kwame. He came out of college. Look at his numbers on basketball-reference.com.

    Kwame is only called a bust because of overreaction, the lack of history being studied, and the fact that the more often you see him on the floor the more you want to vomit.

    Thabeet and LaRue Martin in the old days were so bad that we would throw up before they even checked into a ball game.

    Thabeet at #2 with three years of college experience versus the ex-high schooler Kwame Brown at #1 is worse.

    Thabeet is on the verge of not playing for more than 7 years. Kwamé is in year #12 and will get more playing than Thabeet’s career minute average of 10 per game in Philadelphia this season. That is right! Thabeet has a career average of 10 minutes per game.

    Kwame will ruin Philly’s frontcourt and I hope that Lavoy Allen kicks his butt in practice and get ahead of him in the rotation!!!

    As for Thabeet, he will likely be traded before the 2013 trade deadline and have five teams in four years.

    For the record:
    Career Stats:

    Kwame Brown: 22.4 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG.

    Hasheem Thabeet: 10.3 MPG, 2.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG.

    • londonaiooo - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      I don’t even think Michael Jordan put this much thought into Kwame before he drafted him. Seriously, way too much thought into two guys who got picked way too high. They’re both busts based on draft position compared to production, but probably not worth vomiting over.

      • rajbais - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:50 AM

        Have you seen the people who disputed my argument on Hasheem vs. Kwame?

        They’re idiots! They have nothing to back them up!

        What hype around Kwame? In 2001, it was all about MJ coming back!

        That’s why I say “vomit”!

        It doesn’t resonate enough!

  17. paleihe - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    3 Mil for a backup big who can rebound and play defense isn’t bad, at all. He’s limited offensively and can’t catch a cold (or a pass).

    If his name wasn’t Kwame Brown, everyone would say it’s a great signing. But, the Nets picked up Reggie Evans for 3 years & 5 million, so Philly probably should have gone that way first.

  18. bertmcg - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Kwame>thabet…

    Look I would rather see Kwame then another year of Battie.

  19. NJgriffNC - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    But…I have these tiny hands..

  20. icdogg - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Like a lot of the moves the Sixers are making this offseason, maybe the best thing you can say about it is that it does not tie them up for the long term.

    Signing a couple of journeymen now is better for the future than committing to a big name FA for very large dollars and years.

  21. ravenscaps48 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I have a great sports hatred for this guy

  22. sasquash20 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    The Sixers are confusing the hell out of me. I get amnestying Brand but to do so to sign N.Young and K.Brown WTF? Well if they have any more space I hope they go sign another small forward and make him play out of position like the rest of the team.

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