Bruce Brown leaves Nets for two-year deal with Denver Nuggets

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The Nets still have KD and Kyrie (for now) but are officially one big free agent down.

According to multiple reports that Bruce Brown has signed a two-year, $13 million-plus deal with the Nuggets, ending a very successful two-year tenure in Brooklyn. Per The Denver Post, the second year is a player option, and the value of a full mid-level taxpayer exception deal the Nuggets could give Brown is $13.3 million, so that is the likely value/structure.

Brown, 25, was acquired in November 2020 from Detroit in a three-way deal also involving Los Angeles, and became a lockdown defender while improving his offense in Brooklyn, averaging 8.8 points and a career-high 5.4 rebounds in 2020-21.

He accepted his qualifying offer last offseason worth $4.73 million and averaged 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game in xx contests for the Nets, ranking in the 98th percentile of defensive versatility and 95th percentile of matchup difficulty according to NBA University.

Brown got better in the playoff series against the Celtics, upping his averages to 14.8/5.6/3.8, and for the year the noted defensive specialist shot 53 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Adding Brown continues Denver’s spree this free agency period that has seen then re-up Nikola Jokic to a max deal, re-sign restricted free agent (and former two-way player) Davon Reed, add DeAndre Jordan to back up Jokic, and acquire Ish Smith and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from Washington in a deal sending Monte Morris and Will Barton to D.C.

The Nets re-signed Patty Mills and Nic Claxton in the early hours of free agency and added Royce O’Neale from Utah in a deal, but they also lost Andre Drummond (who signed a two-year deal with Chicago) and now Brown.

Goran Dragic, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge also came off the Nets’ books, and two-way players David Duke Jr. and Kessler Edwards are restricted free agents as well.

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