Free Agent Kwame Brown to Sign with Golden State Warriors

David W. WaltersCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2011

Kwame Brown played well last season as the Bobcats starting center
Kwame Brown played well last season as the Bobcats starting centerMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Free agent center Kwame Brown has agreed to terms on a one-year, $7 million contract with the Golden State Warriors, according to the Associated Press (h/t NBA.com).

Brown's agent Mark Bartelstein says the offer in Golden State was "too good to pass up."

The move leaves the Bobcats with only one true center under contract for the upcoming season, Gana Diop. He is coming off of an achilles injury that ended his season in January last year. Diop has only been cleared to run for the last month in a half, and still has some work to do to get in game shape.  

Coach Silas has stated that Boris Diaw will play some minutes at center in his uptempo offense this season. While that leaves the Bobcats undersized at center, Diaw has a great passing touch that may help move the ball around this year.  

Bartelstein says Brown is "extremely grateful" for the opportunity the Bobcats gave him, adding that "it was a huge step to come back and play for Michael."

Brown had experienced somewhat of a career resurgence with the Bobcats, and while the team wanted to retain him, it was widely known that other teams may outbid for the 10-year veteran.