Adrian Wojnarowski tweets that the Nets have rescinded their qualifying offer to Markel Brown, likely ending his Nets career and raising the possibility that they are clearing space for another move.
Sources on @TheVertical: Brooklyn has rescinded qualifying offer on guard Markel Brown, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 6, 2016
Brown's offer would have paid him $1.08 million if the Nets had acted on it. The move permits Brown to look elsewhere in what has become a crazy free agency and also removes a cap hold on the Nets payroll. Once the Nets get Tyler Johnson's signature on an offer sheet, they will have approximately $21 million remaining.
Brown, 24, played 108 games for the Nets, starting 35 games over two years, but only six this season. He averaged 5.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 16 minutes. He was drafted 44th in the 2014 NBA Draft with a pick purchased from the Timberwolves for $1.1 million. Hyper athletic, Brown never developed a consistent jump shot to play the 2 nor a consistent handle to play the 1.
The Nets have also committed to a number of combo guards starting at the end of last season, including Sean Kilpatrick, Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead and Johnson. Jeremy Lin also spent time at the 2 last season in Charlotte and of course the Nets retain Bojan Bogdanovic and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.