The Bobcats made a low-risk move last season by signing Kwame Brown to a one-year deal and got a high reward. But it might have priced him out of town.
Charlotte has become concerned they will lose Brown in free agency, sources said Wednesday, because it will not be able to match offers he’s received elsewhere.
Brown had a positive meeting with Bobcats team president Rod Higgins and the team’s coaching staff on Tuesday and expressed a desire to return. However, the centerpiece of the team’s pitch is a return to the comfort level that Brown found with veteran coach Paul Silas in Charlotte last season and not dollars, sources said.
Faced with limited options, Brown signed a one-year deal with the Bobcats last summer for the league minimum. He went on to have his best statistical season in eight years, averaging 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds, and making 50 starts.
With several teams owning cap space and looking for centers, a market has developed for Brown that includes the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings in addition to the Bobcats.
“Kwame is keeping an open mind,” Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. “There’s a bit of a logjam for the centers right now. It’ll become clearer in the next few days.”