The question remains, however, will any team choose him?
"If he can find career-best fitness, he still has value," Sixers coach Brett Brown was quoted as saying in a CSNPhilly.com article by John Finger.
Brett Brown didn't just say that Kwame Brown needed to be fit; he needed to find (meaning he doesn't have it now) a career-best fitness. Better than ever before.
Judging by Brown's career, the bar isn't set very high.
He was drafted No. 1 overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2001 NBA draft. He was then-Wizards president Michael Jordan's pet project. Now, he is known as one of the biggest busts in NBA history.
In his 12-year career, Brown has (surprisingly) averaged 22.1 minutes per game, averaging 6.6 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 0.6 blocks per game.
Those numbers are slightly better than the career averages for Sixers forward Lavoy Allen (19.0 minutes per game, 5.2 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 0.6 blocks per game). The difference is Allen was a second-round draft pick, not the first pick overall. He wasn't picked before the likes of future All-Stars Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph, Gerald Wallace, Tony Parker, Gilbert Arenas and Mehmet Okur.
We know Brown wasn't the right No. 1 choice in 2001.
At 31 years old in 2013, he might not be a good choice for anyone in the league, for any roster spot.
Brown ended the 2012-2013 season with 30 consecutive DNP-CDs ("Did Not Play-Coach's Decision). He began the 2013-2014 season with 12 more DNPs.
A 2012 Grantland article by Jay Caspian King painted the picture of Brown, in his first practice with the Golden State Warriors (who had just signed him to a one-year, $7 million contract), as a disinterested party and a man who seemed satisfied with his career trajectory.
Brown won't be getting that much money from any team, should one decide it could be the one to finally get Brown to produce. So if that was what his body language was telling people two years ago, what becomes of him now?
Could he be that motivated to find "career-best fitness" for a team that would try to sign him for the veteran's minimum and play him limited minutes?
In all fairness, there were some years Brown put up solid numbers. In the 2003-2004 season, he averaged 10.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. In 2006-2007 with the Los Angeles Lakers, he averaged 8.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game coming off the bench.
Despite that, a stigma seems to have always followed Brown throughout his career. Even if he was a respectable role player making a contribution, it was never good enough.
He was the No. 1 draft pick. His career wasn't derailed by injuries. So why couldn't he produce like a No. 1 pick should?
Brown has played for seven teams in his 12 seasons. Each thought it would be the one to get the most out of Brown. Each let him go in a fairly short amount of time.
His time spent in Philadelphia, barely a season and a quarter where he failed to get off the bench, very well could give teams the final reason not to take a chance on him.
Phil Shore lives in New Jersey and is the creator and editor of Shore Thing Sports blog. He's been published in The Boston Globe, Philly.com, FoxSoccer.com, LaxMagazine.com and New England Lacrosse Journal.
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