Brown signed a contract Thursday with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association, Sportando reports. After losing out to Ray McCallum for the third-string job at point guard while attending training camp with the Pistons, Brown has finally found a new home. If he impresses during his stint in China, he could get a look at the NBA level at some point in the spring.
Brown was let go by the Pistons on Saturday, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports. Brown has played sporadically for the 76ers, Timberwolves, and Suns over the past three seasons. He was unable to make the final roster for the Pistons, so he will likely head back to the D-League where he will work toward another opportunity.
Brown will serve as the backup point guard in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs, Rob Beard of The Detroit News reports. It had appeared that Brown had the edge over Ray McCallum to be the team's third point guard entering training camp, and head coach Stan Van Gundy giving him the backup point guard minutes in the preseason home opener confirms that. With Reggie Jackson (knee) out, Ish Smith will start for Detroit and Brown should get a good opportunity to showcase his skills behind him Monday.
Brown looks to be ahead of Ray McCallum in the battle for the Pistons' third point guard gig entering training camp, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. It appears that Brown's familiarity with coach Stan Van Gundy's offense is conferring him the early advantage in the job battle, but he's far from a safe bet to keep McCallum at bay. Both players are on non-guaranteed contracts, so the roster spot will likely come down to whichever point guard performs better during camp.
Coach Stan Van Gundy said Friday that Brown could remain on the roster as the Pistons' 15th man heading into the upcoming season, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Quite honestly, we've got Lorenzo Brown under contract and I was impressed with what he did in the Orlando [Summer League.] Impressed with his play and impressed with the improvement that he made and the focus that he had," Van Gundy said. "It's very possible that the 15 guys we have now -- including Lorenzo -- are the 15 guys we'll go into the season with." Brown is under contract for $1.01 million in 2016-17, but his deal won't become fully guaranteed until January, giving the Pistons some flexibility in the event they have interest in a free agent point guard available for the veteran's minimum. In the event nobody on the open market stands out, it appears the Pistons are comfortable proceeding with Brown as their third point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith. Brown averaged 14.2 points (on 53.1% shooting from the floor), 3.6 steals, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes per game across his five summer league appearances.
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