Free agent guard Bobby Brown has agreed to a deal with a Chinese basketball team, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The deal reportedly has a net worth $1.2 million. There is a stipulation in the contract that allows Brown to sign with any NBA team by August 15. He has two weeks to find the right NBA fit, otherwise he will be a Dongguan Leopard for the 2013-2014 season.
The Knicks are interested in Brown as a potential third point guard behind Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. Assistant GM Allan Houston watched him work out a couple weeks ago at Impact Academy in Las Vegas. The team could offer one of its remaining veteran minimum contracts, valued around $800,000. Brown told ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling that he would prefer New York over China.
Brown, 28, averaged 18.8 points and 5.3 assists per game for Montepaschi Siena in the Italian League this past season. He earned the Euroleague’s Alphonso Ford Trophy, which is awarded to the league’s top scorer. He has played in the NBA with the Timberwolves, Clippers, Hornets and Kings, and went undrafted out of Cal State Fullerton in 2007.
The Knicks are also pursuing Beno Udrich, a Slovenian guard, most recently with the Orlando Magic.