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MarShon Brooks signs deal to play in Italy next season

Aug 10, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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MarShon Brooks was a late first round pick in the 2011 draft, and while he showed potential as a scorer with a very bad Nets team in his rookie season, he’s bounced around ever since, and hasn’t shown the requisite amount of improvement to earn a spot on an NBA roster.

He’ll get the chance to showcase what he can do while playing overseas instead.

Brooks signed a deal with Italy’s Olimpia Milano for next season, the team announced on Friday (via

He’s largely been an asset that’s been passed around over the past couple of years more than anything else. Brooks was traded from the Nets to the Celtics last summer in the deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, then was dealt from Boston to Golden State in January as part of a three-team deal with the Heat that sent mostly uninspiring players to each respective team.

Then once more at February’s trade deadline, Brooks was traded to the Lakers along with Kent Bazemore in exchange for Steve Blake.

Brooks posted his best numbers since his rookie season while in Los Angeles, and averaged 6.4 points on a career-best 48.9 percent shooting in 12.7 minutes per contest, albeit in just 18 total appearances.

It was reported that Brooks most recently drew interest from the Indiana Pacers in the wake of the injury to Paul George, but obviously that didn’t get very far if signing overseas was the eventual decision.

  1. ahmedovic8 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I don’t understand this. Brooks is a good player and deserves to be in the NBA. His career really boggles my mind.

    • ecnuob51 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      He’s really talented. Has the potential, but I just blame laziness. I saw him being a very good sixth man, a Jamal Crawford type but I think he got too satisfied with his game and didn’t work hard on getting better.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      You ain’t lie. The kid definitely belongs in the L but he’s been put on teams that don’t necessarily need him, thus lowering his value. Don’t really need him either in LA but I wish we could have retained his services. Poor guy has had a bad break, and I’m pretty surprised he feels like overseas is his only option right now.

      Best of luck to him though. Remember when he was the hot thing his rookie year?

  2. aldavis4president - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    He’s a good player, but like someone said earlier, he’s lazy. Saw him at warriors practice and dude never seemed break a sweat. He had a spot to win off the bench because warriors couldn’t score with our 2nd unit. He reminded me alot of Reggie Williams who also was a warrior, great talent, no work ethic.

    • Lujah - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      I hope this is not based off of seeing him once.

      Also, why would he break a sweat knowing he was never going to get any play time?

  3. klinickal - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    I think Brook’s problem is he is too selfish. While he can play he can’t play with other people and he is not good enough to be a franchise player. So yes that’s his problem. He has a franchise player’s attitude with a role player’s game.

    The funny thing is if he can learn to embrace his role he will become a star.

  4. rajbais - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    This guy really fell to bottom. He was a double figure scorer as a rookie and then couldn’t bounce back. What a shame.

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