Kwame Brown Attempting Comeback

AUGUST 23, 2:25pm: Brown’s new representatives are shopping their client overseas, seeking a deal in the $300K range, according to international basketball journalist David Pick (Twitter link). Brown’s minimum NBA salary would be in the $1.55MM range, but as I noted below, Brown’s long layoff – combined with the fact that most teams already have 15 or more players – makes an NBA deal a long shot.Kwame Brown vertical

AUGUST 22, 12:35pm: Fifteen years after he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, and more than three years after he played his last game in the league, Kwame Brown is attempting to make a comeback. Interperformances announced today on its website that the agency now represents Brown, the former No. 1 pick.

“[Brown] is ready for a new life,” Interperformances wrote in a statement. “His comeback can be the road to glory for a team that believes in him. Kwame is back, physically healthy and ready to be the outstanding player he was on several NBA teams. … No longer the young man that entered the NBA, Kwame is now an experienced and mature player and man. And he’s back, for the love of the game.”

Brown, who is now 34 years old, last played for the Sixers during the 2012/13 season, and hasn’t played major minutes since he was a member of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010/11. In 607 career NBA games, Brown averaged 6.6 PPG and 5.5 RPG, shooting 49.2% from the field. While he was a decent role player for a few seasons, he’s widely considered one of the biggest busts for a first overall pick in recent history.

It seems unlikely that many NBA teams would be eager to take a flier on Brown at this point, particularly since many clubs already have 14 or 15 players with guaranteed contracts and would prefer to use any remaining offseason roster spots on young players willing to join D-League affiliates. Still, if Brown is returning “for the love of the game” and can’t find an NBA home, perhaps he’ll seek a job with a team in Europe or Asia.

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10 thoughts on “Kwame Brown Attempting Comeback

  1. Richard

    So….he was born in Charleston, SC. Maybe he can head North to re-join the Charlotte team. Hornets, not Bobcats. Get reacquainted with MJ (maybe MJ can YELL some more @ Kwame!!). Went to HS in Georgia; maybe he can join the Hawks. Play alongside ANOTHER HS phemom/bust in D-12. Dwight Howard. Oh, the possibilities….

  2. Richard

    Ok Chucky, maybe it’s a “stretch”, but D Howard hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. And for the last 5-6 seasons, hasn’t lived up to potential, his contracts, or media hoopla. So, pairing these 2 in ATL would kinda be fitting. Maybe get a lower playoff seeding-first round exit. That’d be considered a “success”….

    • thedude

      How many All-Star games did Kwame get selected for? He played for 7 different teams, averaged 6.6 points per game throughout his career…Dwight is an 8 time all star, 5 time first teamer, 3 time defensive player of the year….the only thing they have in common were that they were both #1 picks, and that they both got shat on by a superstar teammate (Kwame/MJ, Dwight/Kobe). It’s a huge stretch. You’re trying way to hard to make this a thing.

    • So you’re reasoning for calling Dwight Howard a bust is because he hasn’t played well the past few years? He absolutely dominated the game in his prime as he was arguably the best big man in the league at his peak (something Kwame Brown never even came close to). If you’re going to say that if a player suffers a drop off in talent late in their career qualifies as being a bust, than that means KG, Kobe, Tim Duncan would all be “busts”. Now by no means am I calling any of those players busts (including Howard) but the word/phrase you’re looking for is getting old. Its natural for players to start dropping off in production as they get older and start dealing with injuries.

  3. Dean Gant

    Lol! Signing Kwame can be “a road to glory” for a team willing to take a flyer on this guy. Who is the company representing him, a PR firm for reality TV? He so washed up he couldn’t get a spot on the “Tide All Stars”.

  4. Ravens_Last_Place

    Does he have a bunch of kids to multiple women? My guess is yes, and that’s why he is trying to comeback. Sorry Kwame, you weren’t good at your peak. And your peak was worse than most players’ worst years. Get a real job, work 9-5, and support your kids. You blew your chance and already hung around way longer than you deserved. #hugebust #hugebum

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