The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Markel Brown on Tuesday, giving him a chance to earn a roster spot for the regular season, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops later confirmed the news of the free-agent addition.
A former second-round pick out of Oklahoma State, Brown produced solid numbers mostly in reserve for the Brooklyn Nets. He played in 109 games over his first two seasons, starting 35, while averaging 5.3 points per game.
Last season, the 6'3" guard averaged 13.3 points per 36 minutes. He also played significantly more minutes under head coach Tony Brown after Lionel Hollins was fired.
"He's been working his tail off," Tony Brown said of the guard in March, per Fred Kerber of the New York Post. "Obviously, there were [times] when he wasn't getting any playing time, but he continued to come in early, work on his game. I'm sure it was frustrating for him not getting to play, but he kept himself ready, and after he got the opportunity, took advantage."
Now the third-year player will get a chance to make an impact with a new team if he is able to claim one of the available spots on the roster. The defending NBA champions will return Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, Mo Williams, James Jones and Jordan McRae while also adding rookie Kay Felder.
The future of J.R. Smith also remains in the air, although this latest signing could be a sign the veteran free agent is headed elsewhere.
Brown certainly has athleticism, which he showed at Rucker Park this summer, per Kristian Winfield of ESNY:
The question is whether he can be consistent enough of a scorer to help the Cavaliers win next season.