Kwame Brown Signs With Bobcats, Reunites With Jordan
Yet somehow, some way, Brown is a new member of the Bobcats. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports Brown agreed to a one-year veteran's minimum contract with Charlotte, earning the center $1.3 million for the 2010-11 season. The Bobcats traded incumbent starting center Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks and are expected to waive or trade Erick Dampier, the center who came back in that trade. Charlotte also has veterans Nazr Mohammed and DeSagana Diop.
The Bobcats made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last season, but have two gaping positional holes at center and point guard. The team let Raymond Felton sign with the Knicks but signed Shaun Livingston and undrafted rookie Sherron Collins while keeping young D.J. Augustin. At both positions, the team has decent depth but no sure-thing starter.
If it's any consolation to Kwame, MJ is perceived as an absentee boss. At least, that was the case before he purchased a majority interest in the team from founding owner Robert Johnson earlier this year. Jordan has been president of basketball operations of the Bobcats for several seasons, and it's always been more newsworthy when he did show up at one of the team's games.
Brown spent the past two seasons in Detroit, where he continued to make little impact on the court, averaging 17 minutes a game in 2008-09 and 14 last season. Brown is a fantastic defensive rebounder, but he has famously bad hands (leading to plenty of turnovers and blown dunk opportunities), almost no scoring prowess and absurdly bad basketball instincts. If he plays a huge role for the Bobcats, that does not bode well for anyone but the Bobcats' opponents.