Kwame Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, has said Brown will take his time deciding whether or not to exercise a $4.1 million player option and return to the Detroit Pistons next season. Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and one of the biggest busts in history, is 27-years-old and may actually believe he could get more than $4.1 million to play basketball next season. I know I’m going out on a limb here and this might be a controversial stance, but Kwame Brown and his agent are insane.
The 6’11, 270-pound Brown is now 27-years-old and an eight-year veteran of the league. He’s only once averaged more than 30 minutes per game, and has only once topped 10 points per game. He has career per-game averages of 22.9 minutes, 7.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 turnovers and 1.0 assists, and shoots a mediocre 48.7 percent field and 59 percent from the free throw line. And he could potentially make $4.1 million next year. I’ll give you a moment to retrieve whatever it is you just hurled across the room in anger.
For the Pistons this past season, Brown played in 58 games, starting 29. His per game averages were: 17.2 minutes, 4.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.9 turnovers and 0.4 blocks. He shot 55.3 percent from the field and 51.6 from the free throw line.
If I were handling Brown’s contract situation this is how the call between myself and Joe Dumars would have gone right after the season ended:
Dumars: Hey Phillips, how are you?
Me: Great Joe, you?
Dumars: Alright, that Iverson thing didn’t really work out but I’ll live. Hey I wanted to ask you, is Kwame going to exercise his optio–
Dumars: Are you sure? He could try to make more money elsewh–
Dumars: Because I mean you never know, someone could be looking for a big ma– (dial tone).
If he and his agent don’t take that deal, every citizen of Detroit should be able to punch both of them in the face.