The Wizards are considering Bobby Brown as they mull options for their lone open roster spot, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.com (Twitter link). They also maintain an interest in Will Bynum, to whom they’ve frequently been linked since last month. Stein first reported shortly before the trade deadline that Washington’s interest in Brown depended on what the team did at the trade deadline. The Wizards brought in Ramon Sessions for Andre Miller the day after Stein’s initial report surfaced, but it appears the team continues to look to upgrade its depth at guard.
Brown is a 6’2″ point guard who’s used the last two seasons in China to raise his profile since his last NBA action in 2009/10. He put up 31.3 points, 6.3 assists and 3.1 turnovers in 40.3 minutes a game for China’s Dongguan Leopards this season after scoring 30.7 PPG for the team last year. The season is over for the Leopards, and while the Aaron Mintz client signed a three-year deal with the club this past summer, the contract does include escape clauses that would allow him to return to the NBA.
The Cavaliers reportedly had interest in Brown as of January, though their roster appears largely set, with the trade deadline in the past and 15 players under contract through at least the end of the season. He was apparently speaking to multiple NBA teams in mid-February, but a deal has yet to emerge.
Bynum came free from his Chinese team a week ago following the club’s playoff elimination. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal in January identified the Cavs as an interested party for him, too, and Shams Charania of RealGM reported that the Wizards were eyeing him shortly thereafter. J. Michael of CSNWashington pegged Bynum as the team’s primary target aside from Ray Allen, and while Allen has said he won’t play this season and Bynum has picked up an endorsement from John Wall, Michael cast doubt this weekend on Washington’s appeal to Bynum. The Wizards are looking internally for solutions to their recent woes, Michael wrote, noting that Bynum also has a minor hamstring injury. The Wizards, who’ve lost 13 out of 17 and cling to the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, are limited to giving out no more than the prorated minimum salary.