THURSDAY, 9:05pm: The deal is official, the team has announced.
3:59pm: Brown’s deal is for two years with a team option for 2015/16, Wolfson tweets.
WEDNESDAY, 11:26am: It appears the Wolves will sign Lorenzo Brown for the rest of the season, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, who figures the deal will include non-guaranteed salary for 2015/16 as well (Twitter link). Brown’s second 10-day contract with the team expired earlier this week, so any renewed commitment between the sides would have to carry through at least the end of 2014/15. The move would give the Timberwolves a full roster of 15 players signed through season’s end, unless Minnesota makes a deal in advance of the trade deadline.
The point guard has averaged 3.2 points, 3.0 assists and 1.6 turnovers in 19.6 minutes of play across five appearances so far for Minnesota. He started one of those contests, a first for the 24-year-old who was the 52nd overall pick in the 2013 draft. He didn’t make the Wolves out of camp as a rookie, appearing in 26 games for the Sixers before they cut him loose. Brown was in Pistons camp this past fall, and Detroit appeared to again be in contention for him until the Wolves released Miroslav Raduljica so they could snap him up.
Minnesota has a prorated portion of the mid-level exception it could give to Brown, but instead the team will likely use the minimum-salary exception, meaning his deal wouldn’t extend any longer than 2015/16. He’d still face an uphill battle to make the team for next season, since players who sign multiyear deals after joining teams on 10-day contracts don’t often stick unless they’re particularly impressive.