HoopsHype Kwame Brown rumors

December 8, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas says Tuesday's meeting with free-agent center Kwame Brown went "great," as the Bobcats work to re-sign him. "He was adamant about trying to come here, that he really liked what we did for him last year," Silas described. "How positive we were with him, how we worked with him. He said nobody ever really worked with him as much as we did." Charlotte Observer

December 7, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas says Tuesday’s meeting with free-agent center Kwame Brown went “great,’’ as the Bobcats work to re-sign him. “He was adamant about trying to come here, that he really liked what we did for him last year,’’ Silas described. “How positive we were with him, how we worked with him. He said nobody ever really worked with him as much as we did.’’ Charlotte Observer

Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Tuesday Brown does value his experience in Charlotte. But Bartelstein also cautioned there’s a business aspect, as in looking for the most compensation as an unrestricted free agent. Bartelstein indicated Tuesday that Brown’s decision should come in the next few days. The earliest free agents can sign with teams is Friday, the first day of training camp. Charlotte Observer

December 6, 2011 Updates
December 5, 2011 Updates

Mark Bartelstein, the agent for former No. 1 pick Kwame Brown, told FOX Sports Ohio that Brown is generating “lots of interest” on the free agent market. “He had a terrific year,” Bartelstein said. “We’re talking to a number of teams.” Bartelstein speaks the truth as Brown did a nice job last season in Charlotte. The 6-foot-11 center averaged nearly 8 points and 7 rebounds, and was just generally a hustler. The Bobcats were impressed, and word is they would love to have him back. FOXSportsOhio

The Knicks, after showing initial interest on Kwame Brown, have backed off. The Knicks also have explored using their mid-level on a small forward, perhaps Grant Hill or Anthony Parker. New York Post

December 4, 2011 Updates

Sources said Miami also has its eyes on center Kwame Brown. According to a source close to the center, the Heat, Knicks, Celtics, 76ers, Warriors and Bobcats have expressed interest in Brown. SI.com

The Heat could use a portion of the midlevel to lure free-agent center Kwame Brown, who is strongly considering Miami. The Charlotte Bobcats are also pushing to hold onto Brown. Yahoo! Sports

The Knicks would like to add another veteran defensive center to start and are waiting on the likes of Kurt Thomas, Aaron Gray and Jeff Foster. There has been a terrific amount of debate in the organization on Kwame Brown, but an NBA source says they’ve lost interest despite an initial push. New York Post

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Kurt Thomas, Kwame Brown, Aaron Gray, Tony Battie and Theo Ratliff also are on the Knicks’ wish list. But in this condensed free-agency period and camp, the club probably will re-sign Jared Jeffries, who knows the system well despite his lack of impact late last season. New York Post

November 28, 2011 Updates
October 28, 2011 Updates

Still, the league saw little downside in implementing the restrictions. It felt that requiring players to spend at least one season in college increased the odds of a home run and decreased the odds of a strikeout. The more the prospects played in college, the more info the teams had to make the right decision, the NBA reasoned. And as a side benefit they were easier to market as well. "The thinking was that LeBron would still be LeBron in college," one league executive told Insider. "But guys like Kwame [Brown] would be exposed or would get the experience they need to succeed in the league." ESPN.com

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