Former No.1 overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, Kwame Brown, is seeking a return to the game after last playing with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2012-13 season.
Brown, 34, recently signed with the Interperformances agency, who released a statement regarding his current physical status and aspirations to continue his career.
“[Kwame Brown] is ready for a new life,” the statement reads. “His comeback can be the road to glory for a team that believes in him. Kwame is back, physically healthy and ready to be the outstanding player he was on several NBA teams.”
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Originally selected by the Washington Wizards, Brown went on to play for seven teams in his career, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, and 76ers. He has not seen extended playing time since his 66-game run with the Bobcats in 2010-11, where he averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per contest.
For his career, the Charleston, South Carolina, native has averages of 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 607 games (281 starts). Generally viewed as one of the most significant busts of a first overall pick in NBA history, Brown was never more than a replacement-level player at his peak. However, Interperformances is promoting Brown’s versatility and experience over his talent.
“A great intimidator that can block shots, rebound consistently and explode in devastating dunks,” the statement adds. “No longer the young man that entered the NBA, Kwame is now an experienced and mature player and man. And he’s back, for the love of the game.”
With teams set to finalise rosters in the coming weeks, it’s doubtful an NBA team extends an offer to Brown but playing overseas or in a lower-level federation is always an option.