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While Pacers, other teams show lukewarm interest, MarShon Brooks considers overseas contract

Aug 6, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

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If you’re an unrestricted free agent still left on the market, well, lets just say NBA teams are not falling over themselves to get to you. This is the “who can we round out the roster with at a minimum salary?” point in the summer.

MarShon Brooks is still on the market. He’s a one-dimensional player and not efficient as a scorer, which makes teams hesitant to pick him up. In the wake of Paul George’s injury there were rumors that the Pacers were reaching out to Brooks as some depth to help at that swingman spot on the roster.

However, after looking at all his options, Brooks may head to Europe for a larger payday. That’s the report via Shams Charania of Real GM.

Unrestricted free agent MarShon Brooks is progressing toward finalizing contract terms with Olimpia Milano Armani of the European League, a source told RealGM. Brooks had been in dialogue with NBA teams before advancing in negotiations with Olimpia Milano on Tuesday night. For Brooks, the Italian club holds great appeal for its financial stability and opportunity to play significant minutes in a supreme overseas league.

Two thoughts here.

First, if I were an agent trying to pressure NBA teams to step up their offers, I would leak that I am having serious negotiations with an overseas team willing to pay more. That doesn’t mean the negotiations are not real, but leaking it is kind of a “make your best pitch now or I walk” kind of statement.

Second, If I were Brooks I might be at the point in my career where I see bigger paydays in Europe than I do on a minimum deal in the NBA and think “I need to go get paid.”

Brooks was traded three times in one calendar year around last season — from Brooklyn to Boston to Golden State to the Lakers. With the Lakers at the end of the season, in Mike D’Antoni’s wide open system, he knocked down threes and wasn’t terrible, but put him in a more traditional system and he struggles. And he doesn’t defend well. At all. Maybe the spacing of the European game and having more practices than games over there can help develop his skills — the athletic talent has always been there.

Or, maybe an NBA team is desperate enough to keep him here. Let me put it this way, whether he stays or goes he’ll have about the same impact on your fantasy team.

  1. ryanaammess - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    He had a good rookie year and he never really got the chance to play much after that.

  2. theebadguy - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Arrivederci Jaybrone

  3. sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    “He’s a one-dimensional player and not efficient as a score”

    MarShon Career .476% effective field goal percentage.

    Carmelo Anthony career .483% effective field goal percentage.

    Lucky for Melo that one becomes an efficient scorer when they reach a .481796583% effective field goal percentage for their career…

    Ha! I jest obviously…

    it’s obvious MeMiss isn’t an efficient scorer…

    he scores a lot because he shoots a lot…

  4. bhunter1995 - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    He needs a chance to play big minutes somewhere, that chance will probably come on a bad team but he needs some exposure to the league, this kid can score a lot of points in a short period of time, there are times he gets his shot going where you can’t stop him. If he could get a sixth man or starting role somewhere he could bring his numbers up to sixteen or seventeen points a game easily, the guy can ball.

  5. hudgeliberal - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    He could average 25 easy if he got 35 minutes per game. Yes,he struggles defensively but I think this guy would be a fantastic 6th man ala Jamal Crawford,he has offensive talent in loads and could really be effective in that role and until he gets better defensively. I think the kid is immensely talented but needs someone to give him a shot. He just wants a shot to show what he can do. You are talking a kid that can score with ANYONE in the league,just needs to improve his defense and find a team that will give him a shot and give him 30 minutes a game.

  6. hudgeliberal - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    He could average 25 easy if he got 35 minutes per game. Yes,he struggles defensively but I think this guy would be a fantastic 6th man ala Jamal Crawford,he has offensive talent in loads and could really be effective in that role and until he gets better defensively. I think the kid is immensely talented but needs someone to give him a shot. He just wants a shot to show what he can do. You are talking a kid that can score with ANYONE in the league,just needs to improve his defense and find a team that will give him a shot and give him 30 minutes a game.

  7. clevelandrox - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    lol, he’ll get no sympathy from cleveland after he intimated the cavs not to draft him, HA, could’ve shot all day…

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