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Kwame Brown exercises option to cling desperately to deal with Sixers

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Kwame Brown will stay a Sixer next season.    (USATSI)
Kwame Brown will stay a Sixer next season. (USATSI)

I mean, if you were Kwame Brown, you'd hang on to the money, too, right?

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com spoke with Mark Bartelstein, agent for Philadelphia 76ers center Kwame Brown, who confirmed that the notorious former No. 1 pick will exercise his option for 2013-2014 at $2.95 million.

Brown played just 22 games last season for the Sixers and missed the first three months of the season with a calf injury. Former head coach and head of basketball operations Doug Collins had brought Brown in with expectations of him starting alongside Spencer Hawes. He thought this was a good idea. Ad not for tanking purposes.

Collins stepped down after the season.

It's not all bad for the Sixers, though, as Brown represent an expiring contract they can use in trade talks or to clear cap space for 2014 as GM Sam Hinkie continues his major rebuild of the entire team.

All jokes aside, Brown has had moments where he's been useful. And he can provide Noel with valuable advice on how to handle the pressures of being a raw big man with big expectations, while giving the Sixers meaningful minutes defensively.

The Sixers traded Jrue Holiday to acquire Kentucky center Nerlens Noel along with a 2014 protected first-round draft pick on Thursday.

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