Tag: Marshon Brooks

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And-1 Links: Paul George changes his number to 13. PG-13. Get it?


Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

The rumors are true, when he comes back in 2015 Paul George will change his number to 13. Yes, PG-13. Personally not really loving it but there you are.

• If you read one thing today it should be James Herbert’s interview with Patrick Patterson at CBS’ Eye on Basketball. For example he was at the Drake OVO show where Drake tried to recruit Kevin Durant and got fined for it:

“Ha, that was funny. It was cool. I know Drake, the whole OVO crew, Toronto, Canada, they would love to have Kevin Durant there. It’d be a great piece to this culture that we’re trying to create in order to win and be successful. I’d love it if Kevin Durant came, I’m not going to say I wouldn’t. That’d be a great piece, that’d be a great player to have. I thought it was fun, it was entertaining, the fans loved it. Kevin probably loved it as well, I think I saw a tweet about him saying, “Shout out to Drake, I love the 6,” something like that. It was definitely entertaining. It was a smart move on Drake’s part.”

• Also a great read on Josh Howard’s attempted return to the NBA.

• Your non-update update of the day on Ray Allen: He says not to trust sources, when he makes a decision he will make it public.

• Most traditional NBA centers put up better numbers when paired with a stretch four.

• Free agents Malcolm Lee and Chris Singleton worked out in Las Vegas on Monday for a number of teams, trying to get to a training camp, ideally with a team that has a roster spot or two open.

• David Stern was reportedly afraid to ask Bill Russell to Stern’s Hall of Fame induction.

• Stan Van Gundy likes the moves the Pistons made this summer (that he executed, so he better like them) to bring in more shooting and depth. And he says he expects these guys to play hard every possession.

“Yeah, for two reasons,” he said. “The people we added all play very hard and very competitively, but I also think that’s the value of depth and balance. Our guys are going to push each other. There will be competition for playing time.”

• Cleveland has signed undrafted center Alex Kirk to a partially guaranteed contract.

• Lance Stephenson posted this on Instagram saying he thinks he can be a professional model. I’ll leave that call up to you.

• RIP Robin Williams.

• Renaldo Balkman is working to get back to the NBA, says he wants one more shot.

• Khris Middleton milks a cow.

• MarShon Brooks has decided to take the bigger payday overseas and has signed with Olimpia Milano for next season.

• Thunder prospect Tibor Pleiss has signed to play with FC Barcelona next season.

• Finally, if you enjoyed the Charles Barkley/James Harden Foot Locker commercial, here are the outtakes.

MarShon Brooks signs deal to play in Italy next season

Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

MarShon Brooks was a late first round pick in the 2011 draft, and while he showed potential as a scorer with a very bad Nets team in his rookie season, he’s bounced around ever since, and hasn’t shown the requisite amount of improvement to earn a spot on an NBA roster.

He’ll get the chance to showcase what he can do while playing overseas instead.

Brooks signed a deal with Italy’s Olimpia Milano for next season, the team announced on Friday (via Sportando.net).

He’s largely been an asset that’s been passed around over the past couple of years more than anything else. Brooks was traded from the Nets to the Celtics last summer in the deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, then was dealt from Boston to Golden State in January as part of a three-team deal with the Heat that sent mostly uninspiring players to each respective team.

Then once more at February’s trade deadline, Brooks was traded to the Lakers along with Kent Bazemore in exchange for Steve Blake.

Brooks posted his best numbers since his rookie season while in Los Angeles, and averaged 6.4 points on a career-best 48.9 percent shooting in 12.7 minutes per contest, albeit in just 18 total appearances.

It was reported that Brooks most recently drew interest from the Indiana Pacers in the wake of the injury to Paul George, but obviously that didn’t get very far if signing overseas was the eventual decision.

While Pacers, other teams show lukewarm interest, MarShon Brooks considers overseas contract

Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

If you’re an unrestricted free agent still left on the market, well, lets just say NBA teams are not falling over themselves to get to you. This is the “who can we round out the roster with at a minimum salary?” point in the summer.

MarShon Brooks is still on the market. He’s a one-dimensional player and not efficient as a scorer, which makes teams hesitant to pick him up. In the wake of Paul George’s injury there were rumors that the Pacers were reaching out to Brooks as some depth to help at that swingman spot on the roster.

However, after looking at all his options, Brooks may head to Europe for a larger payday. That’s the report via Shams Charania of Real GM.

Unrestricted free agent MarShon Brooks is progressing toward finalizing contract terms with Olimpia Milano Armani of the European League, a source told RealGM. Brooks had been in dialogue with NBA teams before advancing in negotiations with Olimpia Milano on Tuesday night. For Brooks, the Italian club holds great appeal for its financial stability and opportunity to play significant minutes in a supreme overseas league.

Two thoughts here.

First, if I were an agent trying to pressure NBA teams to step up their offers, I would leak that I am having serious negotiations with an overseas team willing to pay more. That doesn’t mean the negotiations are not real, but leaking it is kind of a “make your best pitch now or I walk” kind of statement.

Second, If I were Brooks I might be at the point in my career where I see bigger paydays in Europe than I do on a minimum deal in the NBA and think “I need to go get paid.”

Brooks was traded three times in one calendar year around last season — from Brooklyn to Boston to Golden State to the Lakers. With the Lakers at the end of the season, in Mike D’Antoni’s wide open system, he knocked down threes and wasn’t terrible, but put him in a more traditional system and he struggles. And he doesn’t defend well. At all. Maybe the spacing of the European game and having more practices than games over there can help develop his skills — the athletic talent has always been there.

Or, maybe an NBA team is desperate enough to keep him here. Let me put it this way, whether he stays or goes he’ll have about the same impact on your fantasy team.

Report: Pacers making ‘strong push’ for Shawn Marion with Paul George out

Paul George, Shawn Marion

Here’s a full list of remaining unrestricted free agents worth more than a minimum salary:

1. Shawn Marion

2. Ramon Sessions

3. Ray Allen

4. Andray Blatche (in the right environment only)

The pickings are slim. That’s why the Pacers are especially ill-suited – if there is such a thing when your franchise player suffers a season-ending injury – to replace Paul George. So, they’re going hard at, not only the most appealing name on that short list, but the player who fits best into the role George vacates.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Marion is a huge upgrade over a couple other Indiana targets, MarShon Brooks and Gary Forbes. But Marion will also likely be costlier.

The Pacers have already used their full mid-level exception on C.J. Miles and Damjan Rudez, and they used the bi-annual exception on C.J. Watson last year.

Indiana can get a disabled-player exception by convincing an NBA-selected doctor George is “substantially more likely than not” to be out through June 15.” I don’t think that’s a tough case to make.

A disabled-player exception would be worth $5,305,000 and could be used to give Marion a one-year contract. That would definitely trump the minimum-salary contract ($1,448,490) Marion’s most-prominent other suitor, the Cavaliers, could offer.

However, the Pacers – even if they waive Donald Sloan’s unguaranteed contract to drop below 15 players – would be just $2,570,314 below the tax line. That small amount, barely larger than a minimum salary, probably won’t tempt Marion to help Indiana try to make the playoffs rather than help LeBron James try to win a championship.

Maybe the Pacers would clear more room below the tax line by waiving Luis Scola and/or Shayne Whittington, both of whom have partially guaranteed contracts, but they can’t afford to trim much depth with George sidelined. Without star power, a deeper rotation becomes more important.

That’s why Indiana is pushing for Marion, but as the team is constructed, making a tempting offer will be difficult.

Report: Pacers interested in MarShon Brooks, Gary Forbes as Paul George replacements

New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

The Pacers’ have grander problems in the wake of Paul George’s season-ending injury.

But in the simplest sense, their wing depth is thinner by one payer.

That modest problem can be solved through modest solutions, and in MarShon Brooks and Gary Forbes, that’s apparently what Indiana is eying.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Brooks has yet to use his scoring potential to find footing in the NBA. In the last 13 months, he’s been with the Nets, Celtics, Warriors and Lakers.

Forbes had a couple decent seasons off the bench, one with the Nuggets and another with the Raptors. But he last played in the NBA in 2012. Since, he’s played in China and the D-League.

These are clearly minimum-salary-level players.

However, the Pacers already have 15 players under contract, so if they add Brooks or Forbes or anyone else, someone has to go before the regular season. That could be bad news for Donald Sloan (fully unguaranteed contract) or Shayne Whittington (just $25,000 guaranteed).

The Grizzlies only have slightly more room to accommodate Forbes. They have 14 players with guaranteed contracts plus a non-guaranteed deal for Patrick Christopher.