New addition: Sources say Kings agree to deal with Brown
Updated: July 23, 2008, 11:30 PM ETBy Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Summer-league sensation Bobby Brown on Wednesday reached terms on a guaranteed contract with the Sacramento Kings, according to NBA front-office sources.Sources told ESPN.com that Brown rejected multiple lucrative offers from overseas after netting a two-year deal from the Kings on the strength of a strong debut season as a pro in Germany and a productive showing in Las Vegas as the lead guard for the New Orleans Hornets' summer squad. The Hornets were among a handful of NBA teams that tried to sign Brown in the last week, with New Orleans star guard Chris Paul calling the 23-year-old personally to urge him to come to training camp in October. Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson is another Brown fan who was spotted at several of the Hornets' games in Vegas. But the Kings won the race to sign him by commiting two years to Brown, who helped Alba Berlin win the German club championship last season. The second year of Brown's new deal, sources said, is a player option. Israel's Maccabi Tel-Aviv -- perenially one of the strongest teams in Europe -- has been pursuing Brown aggressively this month, but sources said Brown was on the verge of accepting a multiyear deal "in the millions" from Spanish giant Barcelona this week when Sacramento increased its bid. Undrafted in 2007 after attracting little attention while at Cal State Fullerton, Brown drew raves in Vegas with his improved floor leadership and decision-making to complement his athleticism and scoring ability. Although he's considered more of a combo guard than a pure point guard, Brown outplayed three first-round picks -- Memphis' Mike Conley, Charlotte's D.J. Augustin and San Antonio's George Hill -- in head-to-head matchups. Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. To e-mail him, click here.
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