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Nets' rookie Markel Brown out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Second round pick Markel Brown will be out for about a month.
Second round pick Markel Brown will be out for about a month. (USATSI)

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The Brooklyn Nets made a concerted effort to get into the end of the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft and one of the selections they acquired was Markel Brown. The guard out of Oklahoma State was selected 44th by the Minnesota Timberwolves and then sent to the Nets in exchange for cash considerations. Brown was signed to a two-year minimum contract and has been training in preparation of the season.

Unfortunately for Brown, that training will take a break over the next 4-6 weeks. The Nets announced on Monday Brown suffered a non-displaced fracture in the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand during a workout in Las Vegas. His hand has been placed in a cast and he'll be held out of basketball related activities for 4-6 weeks. From the Nets:

Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, General Manager Billy King announced today. Brown, who was injured while working out in Las Vegas earlier today, had his hand placed in a cast and will be held out of basketball activities for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Brown spent four years at Oklahoma State and had his best season as a senior. He averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 35.3 minutes during his senior season. The incredibly athletic combo guard played next to Boston Celtics' lottery pick Marcus Smart over the past two seasons, forming a dynamic backcourt for the Cowboys. Brown raised his field goal and 3-point percentage every season with OK State.

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