Calm down, Philadelphia. A $6 million, two-year deal is nothing in today’s NBA, especially for a 6’11” backup center. That’s all Kwame Brown is.
With the announcement that the Sixers had signed Brown to the above deal, you’d think that the team just gave Samuel Dalembert a max deal. They didn’t. All they did was keep to the implied plan of bringing in guys on expiring or tradeable, low-cost contracts this summer.
In Brown, they get a 30-year-old journeyman center who has averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in his career. Most of his time has been as a backup in his previous six stops. For $3 million, that’s not a horrible buy. He is not the superstar everyone expected when Michael Jordan made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. Still, the guy can fill the role of a big man who comes off the bench and gives you 10-15 minutes of serviceable play.
He basically fills Tony Battie’s role on the team. Granted, he is not the veteran voice the young Sixers need in the locker room, but on the court, he’ll be as good. He is not here to start despite the rumor mill running around Twitter right now.
Calm down, accept the move for what it is, not as a substitute for a big move. One of those isn’t in the cards this summer.
Now, if Brown is the big man Doug Collins alluded to so Spencer Hawes could start at power forward, then this move sucks. Based on history, there is no way the Sixers can see Brown as a starter.