Jabari Brown will get another chance to play professional basketball in the United States, as the former Los Angeles Lakers guard has agreed to join the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
The former Missouri Tigers star returned from China after a stint with the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 32.4 points per game. He scored 62 points in a Jan. 20 contest.
The Lakers signed Brown to a multiyear deal April 1 after waiving point guard Steve Nash, per Spears. The undrafted free agent was one of the best players on the Lakers' D-League affiliate, starting 25 games and averaging 24.4 points per contest on 45.7 percent shooting.
The 6'4" guard scored an NBA career-high 32 points against the Sacramento Kings on April 15 while also making four three-pointers.
The Lakers waived Brown before the season began in favor of veteran Metta World Peace. The team signed the former NBA champion after he spent two years away from the NBA, and head coach Byron Scott chose experience over youth for the young Lakers team.
“It was a very, very, very, extremely difficult decision,” Scott said Oct. 26, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. “It was about trying to balance the youth and experience on this team. Obviously Metta has that experience.”
The Lakers sit at the bottom of the Western Conference at 11-49 with all playoff hopes virtually gone. Adding someone like Brown, who showed small glimpses of what he can bring to the Lakers, would not be a bad decision. After his stint in China, it shouldn't be long before Brown is back in the NBA.