One of the key benefits of the trade between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers in February was the improved play of Nets role player Bruce Brown. After the Nets completed a blockbuster trade that sent James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Sixers in exchange for Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond, and Seth Curry, Brown’s level of play expanded exponentially. Per Stat Muse, Brown averaged 13.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 27 games for the Nets during that span.

Brown will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and can choose to join a team that can pay him more than the Nets. In a recent post on Instagram, the Nets forward seemingly sent a message about his pending free agency. The post is a picture of him in a Nets jersey with the song “What’s the Price?” by Migos playing in the background (H/T @NetsKingdomAJ on Twitter)

Brooklyn Nets Bruce Brown posts picture & song by Migos Whats The Price ? 👀 #NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/BmxcPUFhZ0

— NetsKingdom 👑🗽 (@NetsKingdomAJ) June 7, 2022

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Nets Have Leverage With Brown’s Bird Rights

Brown’s play elevated even more once the Nets made it to the postseason. Per Stat Muse, he averaged 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. His upgraded play will most likely catch the interest of several teams this summer. Teams that can pay him a lot more than Brooklyn can. The Nets don’t have a lot of cap space this year, but Alex Schiffer of “The Athletic” notes that Brooklyn having Brown’s Bird rights gives them more leverage in their mission to re-sign him.

“Maybe his best trait is his availability having played in 137 regular-season games the past two seasons. His college coaches always thought he’d be a better fit on a winning team and it’s feasible to see other contenders pursuing him.,” Schiffer writes.

“But are the mid-level or taxpayers’ exceptions enough of a raise for Brown or will he command more? If the Nets can keep Brown for $10 million or less, it’s a no-brainer. He’s said he …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

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