A player the Nets had the Armor trade for --and who the Nets thought has NBA potential-- has instead been called up by the 76ers. Lorenzo Brown, a 6'5" point guard from North Carolina State, had been taken in the second round of the 2013 Draft by the Timberwolves, using the Nets pick they acquired on Draft Night 2011 for Bojan Bogdanovic.
Brown signed a non-guaranteed deal by Minnesota, but was cut near the end of camp and initially was headed to the Iowa Energy, Minnesota's D-League affiliate. He had played well in camp, particularly on defense, but the T-Wolves have more than enough point guards, with Ricky Rubio, Jose Barea and combo guard Alexey Shved. Brown and his agent requested a trade. specifically to Springfield and by extension Brooklyn. The Timberwolves agreed.
As a D-League free agent, Brown could have been called up by any NBA team, which is always the risk. The call-up was announced by the Armor.
Brown, 23, probably wouldn't have made the Nets in camp either, but he's an interesting prospect down the road. A pure point guard with NBA size and defensive mindset, Brown might have been drafted higher if he and the Wolfpack had played better last year. Seen as a preseason contender for the ACC title, NC State instead went 11-7 and lost in the first round to Temple. According to NBADraft.net, he was seen as an "underachiever" in Raleigh. His failings included an inability to finish, a lack of a go-to move and subpar shooting from deep. But no one denies he can pass ... or defend.
Brown was called by the Sixers and signed to a rookie minimum deal after Philly dumped Kwame Brown, the former No. 1 pick.. Should he be cut, the Armor would retain his D-League rights.