Bruce Brown must be one of many NBA’s prime free brokers. However he won’t be going wherever.
On the Denver Nuggets victory parade, Brown had a query for the throngs of Nuggets followers. “Yet one more yr?”
Brown was a useful a part of the Nuggets’ dominating run to their first NBA title. Denver’s sixth man averaged a career-high 11.5 factors in 28.5 minutes per recreation, and he typically closed video games within the playoffs because of his dependable protection.
He had an enormous Recreation 4, scoring 20 factors on 8-of-11 capturing, pouring in 11 factors within the fourth quarter whereas Nikola Jokic sat with foul bother.
Having proved himself as a playoff performer and established himself as a professional three-point risk — he made 91 threes on 35.8 capturing after his earlier career-high was 38 — Brown was a giant elevate off this yr’s $6.5 million wage. However head coach Michael Malone stated he’s not going wherever. (Remember Malone makes use of salty language.)
“Is Brucey B going wherever?” a hoarse-voiced Malone requested the gang. “Hell no,” he answered. “Hellllll no. We’re operating this s—- again. We’re operating this s—- again.“
The Nuggets are restricted to providing Brown a beginning wage of $7.8 million since he has been on the crew for solely a yr. But when he indicators such a deal — doubtless with a participant possibility — Denver might then give him a deal beginning at $13.6 million subsequent summer time.
That chance is perhaps sufficient for Brown to threat a doable long-term payday now to, properly, run it again with the Nuggets subsequent yr. In spite of everything, Brown said his summer time plans had been to “study to journey a horse, drink a whole lot of Jameson and gingers, play a whole lot of golf and be with my canine.”
Denver is a superb place for horses, golf and canine. And after successful the town its first championship, Brown won’t ever need to pay for a Jameson and ginger in Denver for the remainder of his life.