Recently, the Indiana Pacers made a puzzling move and signed Bruce Brown to a two-year $45 million deal. Many believed that Brown would sign with a contending team or resign with the Denver Nuggets after being a key contributor in their title run last season. However, it is very hard to believe that any contending team would have been able or willing to give him a deal of this size.
As a result of this, he will find himself as a member of the rebuilding Pacers for the next two seasons. Last season, Brown averaged 11.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 48.3% from the field and 35.8% from three.
With Brown only set to turn 27 years old next season, he is still a semi-young piece that will fit in very well with the Pacers lineup. He will be able to bring championship experience to the very young team and serve as one of the leaders.
Currently, the roster is built around point guard Tyrese Haliburton who is a very talented scorer and distributor on the offensive end. With Brown being a very strong three-point shooter, he will thrive with Haliburton as his point guard.
While the Pacers will not be a title contender by any means through the length of Brown’s contract, they could make some great progress through their rebuild with him on the roster. They have a very solid roster with the addition of Brown and if things go their way through the regular season, it would not be preposterous to believe that they could end up making a trip to the play-in tournament in the 2023-24 season.
Brown potentially could end up being a bench piece for the Pacers if they prioritize letting their young players get the majority of the playing time to give them the chance to gain more professional experience. If this ends up being the case, Brown could end up having a much stronger season than he did with Denver. Along with this, he likely will end up getting the chance to play a much bigger role with the Pacers.
After all of the selfless play that Brown has put on display over the past three seasons with the Nets and Nuggets, it will be very exciting to see him get to play a bigger role and come into his own as a premier player. While he will not be contending for titles in Indiana, he is making more than he would have with any contending team and will get the opportunity to put his talents on full display.
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