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Markel Brown to Cavaliers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13:   Markel Brown #22 of the Brooklyn Nets dunks in front of Cory Joseph #6 of the Toronto Raptors during their game at the Barclays Center on April 13, 2016 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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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."

The Nets initially provided Brown with a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent this summer, but they later rescinded the offer to make him available to all teams.

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.

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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:

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed

#Nets guard Markel Brown with the 360 at Rucker. https://t.co/Di8Cfj0DAD

The question is whether he can be consistent enough of a scorer to help the Cavaliers win next season.

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