Is the NBA really that short on quality centers? It must be because CBS Sports is reporting that the Golden State Warriors have signed Kwame Brown to a 1-year deal for $7 million.
Yes, that Kwame Brown. This isn’t some young guy that you just haven’t heard of yet with coincidentally the same name, it’s the guy who’s been bumbling around the league for years. For some reason, teams keep wanting to pay this guy millions of dollars to take up space. Check out this tweet from Bill Simmons (@SportsGuy33):
“True or false: Kwame Brown's career NBA earnings surpass $58 million with this latest Warriors deal.”
It just hurts to read that, doesn’t it? Teams must think this guy is still capable of someday turning into the number 1 overall pick that was wasted on him, but there’s no way. This is not going to be one of those “the tenth time’s the charm” situations. His agent sure thinks so
“He’s become one of the best post defenders in the league, and a coach knows he can guard anyone any night without ever needing to double. That has great, great value. That’s an effective player. But what happens when you were the first player picked, part of the [Lakers’ Pau] Gasol trade, you become the brunt of a lot of jokes.
The Warriors were actually starting to look like a decent young team, but this could set them back years. A terrible new center mixed with a rookie head coach could be disastrous. I wonder if Mark Jackson had any say in the matter. If so, then he’s already proving he’s not ready to step out of the broadcast booth.
I’m also wondering if this is a desperation act by the Warriors after failing to land DeAndre Jordan. Golden State put in an offer for Jordan but it was matched by the Clippers so he’ll stay in L.A. The Warriors still have Andris Biedrins who isn’t a terrible center and he’s light years ahead of Kwame Brown, but I guess they’re worried he can’t stay healthy long-term.
No matter what the rationale is, any team that’s still paying Kwame Brown to play basketball has to be out of their mind. For now, it’s the Golden State Warriors. So when the season starts, they’ll be trotting out four players and an oversized tackling dummy.
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