Markel Brown, who the Nets dropped the first week of July, has finally found an NBA home, if only a temporary one. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports and The Vertical broke the story on Twitter.
Sources: Brooklyn free agent Markel Brown has agreed to a deal with Cleveland. Brown is among Cavs' camp invites to battle for open spots.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 6, 2016
The Cavs will now have 20 players on their preseason roster, the maximum, with five players on camp invites, including another ex-Net and Brown teammate, Cory Jefferson.
Brown, a 6’4" shooting guard, was taken out of Oklahoma State in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft and played 109 games for the Nets over two years. He had career averages of 5.3 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 38.2 percent overall and 29.7 from deep.
The Nets originally picked up Brown’s qualifying offer, then on July 6, as they tried to free cap space for shooting guards like Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, pulled the offer back, making Brown an unrestricted free agent.
If he should make the Cavaliers, Brown could be assigned to their D-League affiliate. And if he is among the last four cuts from the parent club, his D-League rights would be automatically transferred to the Canton Charge, the Cav’s D-League team.
With Brown’s signing, only two players from the Nets 2015-16 roster remain unsigned: Thomas Robinson and Henry Sims. Four ex-Nets have already signed overseas: Andrea Bargnani and Shane Larkin in Spain; Sergey Karasev in Russia, and Donald Sloan in China.
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