Brown and the Cavaliers agreed Sunday on a rest-of-season contract, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports. Brown's status as a two-way player would have left him unable to compete in the play-in tournament and the Cavaliers' subsequent playoff run, so Cleveland chose to upgrade him to a standard NBA deal to make him eligible for the postseason. After starting five straight games from March 30 through April 5 while averaging 12.4 points, 11.8 boards and 0.6 blocks in 25.0 minutes, Brown nearly fell out of the rotation in Friday's loss to the Nets after Evan Mobley (ankle) returned to action. Brown played just three minutes Friday, and his playing time will likely evaporate completely if Jarrett Allen (finger) is able to make it back for the play-in tournament.
Brown will come off the bench Friday against the Nets, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Evan Mobley (ankle) is returning and starting, so Brown will come off the bench. It's not clear if he'll still see meaningful minutes.
Brown put up 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, one block and one steal in a 120-115 loss to Orlando on Tuesday. After seeing less than 10 minutes per game in March, Brown was thrust into a starting role as centers Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen deal with injuries. The UCLA product has recorded 12-plus rebounds in each of his last four games including three double-doubles.
Brown accumulated 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds and one block across 30 minutes during Saturday's 119-101 victory over the Knicks. Brown has double-doubled over his past two starts, and he came one rebound shy in his first start with the Cavs on March 30. He'll likely stay in the starting five as long as Evan Mobley (ankle) and Jarrett Allen (finger) remain sidelined. He's worth rostering in fantasy while that's the case.
Brown recorded 15 points (5-7 FG, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds and one block across 26 minutes during Thursday's 131-107 loss to Atlanta. It was the best performance, and first double-double, of the season from the 22-year-old center, who made his second straight start in place of Evan Mobley (ankle). Brown just had his contract converted from a 10-day to a two-way deal, and with Mobley ruled out at least through the weekend, the former figures to see crucial minutes for the Cavaliers in the short term.
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