Friday, July 19, 2013
Brown: Knicks could make offer Friday
By Jared Zwerling
Euroleague point guard Bobby Brown, who worked out for the New York Knicks twice this week, says he could receive an offer from the team as early as Friday.
"My agent [Aaron Mintz] said the Knicks' front office is going to meet about [an offer] today, and I'm supposed to hear back from them today," Brown told ESPNNewYork.com by phone from Los Angeles, where he has been working out at USC and Loyola Marymount.
Brown, who averaged 18.8 points and 5.3 assists this past season for Italy's Montepaschi Siena basketball club, has an offer in China for more money than what the Knicks can propose. They only have veteran's minimum contracts available, but Brown said he would sacrifice dollars to play in New York.
Bobby Brown averaged 18.8 points per game for Montepaschi Siena this past season.
"I want to stay in the NBA," said Brown, who has played 113 NBA games during his career, for the Timberwolves, Kings, Hornets and Clippers.
Brown, 28, is a Los Angeles native. He said he was pursued by the city's two NBA teams early in the free-agent process, but once they signed Darren Collison (Clippers) and Jordan Farmar (Lakers) as backup point guards, the Knicks became the front-runners.
Brown said he would feel at home in New York, as he knows fellow CAA clients Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. "J.R.'s my boy and we play together in the Drew League," Brown said.
He also has known ex-Knick Baron Davis since Brown was 8 years old. Davis is still involved with the team.
Brown's first Knicks workout -- along with Darius Morris, Quincy Douby, Austin Daye and a few other players -- was private at Las Vegas' Ed W. Clark High School. The second session took place at Impact Basketball while the Grizzlies, Nuggets and Wizards evaluated as well. According to Brown, the Knicks remain the favorite.
"[Baron] was definitely helpful," Brown said. "Once my agent told me, 'The Knicks are interested in you,' [Baron] was the first person I called. I think he was already coming to Vegas, and he came to watch. He's been real supportive of this whole situation."
Brown described the two-day workout format.
"The layout for the first day was a lot of ball-handling and stuff in transition, making moves at the basket," he said. "Also, they put us in a lot of pick-and-roll situations. Then we did spot-up shooting, conditioning drills, we played 1-on-1.
"At Impact, it was just mainly 5-on-5."
Brown, who went undrafted in 2007, had previously played in four NBA summer leagues, each time ending with no permanent roster spot. Brown shared his thoughts on why he drew attention this time without any summer league participation.
"I think it heated up once there was a report that I would leave during the season in Siena," he said. "With the year that myself and my team had, I was definitely on the radar. We were one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Euroleague, and to be able to go out there and put up big numbers and be an exciting team, I think people got to notice us.
"Once I got home, my agent told me the teams that were interested in me. He told me it would be a good idea to go down to Vegas and work out with the Knicks. I think that went pretty well and they like me."