On Monday, I wrote about possible options to improve the Cavs rotation / bench play. Sometime contributor Tom Pestak requested that I mention my free agent target from this summer: Derrick Brown. As best I can tell, he is still unemployed after getting cut by the Spurs in training camp. While I have not seen alot of his play (who was watching Charlotte last season?), over three years, he has totalled 2500 NBA minutes, with every readily-available advanced stat indicating respectable performance. PER, Adjusted plus / minus, Win Shares per 48 minutes, Wins Produced, the opponent PER stuff at 82 games.com, WARP; each indicates that the Xavier-alum has performed acceptably through his young career. Plus the Ohio ties, hailing from Dayton.
Why can’t he find a job then? I don’t know; he is young, cheap, athletic, plays two positions, and produces. Maybe he’s a knucklehead? Anyways, some competition for Casspi, Miles and Walton is certainly warranted, and Luke Harangody appears to be un-used roster space. Let’s add “Buy out Big Luke and sign DERRICK BROWN!!!” as #7 on my list from yesterday.
(Tom also wants to call attention to Chris Wright, recently of the University of Dayton and more recently playing garbage-time last year for the Golden State Warriors. He notched an 18.6 PER, thanks to strong rebounding and a huge propensity to draw fouls. He’s available, and must currently be more capable than Walton.)