Bobcats officially sign Brown

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats made it official on Tuesday by signing free agent centre Kwame Brown, which reunites the former No. 1 pick and new team owner Michael Jordan.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, per club policy.

"Kwame is a defensive-minded veteran who will add depth to our frontcourt rotation," said Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins. "At age 28, he has the size, strength and experience to be a solid contributor for this team."

The Charlotte Observer previously reported the deal is for one year and worth $1.3 million. Jordan, then part owner and president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards, made Brown the No. 1 pick in 2001 as the first high school player ever taken with the first selection.

Brown's career quickly spiraled into disappointment with the 10th-year pro never topping a 10.9-point and 7.4-rebound output in 2003-04. He went on to play for the Lakers and Grizzlies after four mediocre years in Washington and is coming off a two-year stint with the Pistons.

The 6-foot-11 center averaged 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds over 48 games last season, almost primarily as a reserve. He started 30 of 58 games for Detroit a year earlier, but managed only 4.2 points and 5.0 boards.

In 510 career games, including 217 starts, Brown has posted 6.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.


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