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 climb up the depth chart with Reggie Jackson (knee) expected to be sidelined for the next six-to-eight weeks, settling in behind Ish Smith, who is now slated to start. The
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
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.
The Pistons let Brown's 10-day contract expire without renewal just one week earlier, but the team's brain trust has apparently seen enough positive things from him in practices and during his time with the D-League Grand Rapids Drive that influenced them to bring the point guard back. Brown's latest contract will reportedly include a team option for 2016-17, so with a strong training camp this coming fall, he could have a shot at remaining on the roster next season. He'll be able to join the Pistons for their upcoming playoff run, but don't expect Brown to see much court time. Brown could, however, be in line for some expanded minutes in Wednesday's regular season finale against the Cavaliers. Starting point guard Reggie Jackson is dealing with an abdominal strain, and with the Pistons having already clinched the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, it's quite likely that he'll sit out, opening minutes for the likes of Steve Blake, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Brown.
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