The Nets have rescinded their qualifying offer for Markel Brown, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (via Twitter). The move comes with only about 10 hours until the July moratorium ends, meaning Brown will be free to sign a contract with any team tomorrow.
Brown, 24, has spent the last two seasons in Brooklyn, averaging 5.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG, and 1.2 APG in his 109 total contests with the club. He played sparingly during the 2015/16 season until after Lionel Hollins was dismissed as the Nets’ head coach, and saw his minutes – and his production – increase down the stretch. In his final 30 games of the season, Brown averaged 9.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, and shot .438/.358/.758, a significant improvement on his career marks.
The Nets will still have Early Bird rights if they want to retain Brown, but won’t have the right of first refusal if he decides to sign elsewhere.