LAKERS TRADE: Oregon F Troy Brown Jr. signs with Minnesota…

Former Oregon F Troy Brown Jr. signs with Minnesota Timberwolves.

Day one of NBA Free Agency brought news for former Duck Troy Brown as he heads from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Friday at 3 PM PST marked the beginning of NBA Free Agency, and as deals were announced via Twitter by many of the top NBA reporters, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced former Oregon F Troy Brown Jr. has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Terms of the deal have not been announced.

Brown spent the 2022-2023 season with the Los Angeles Lakers alongside Lebron James and Anthony Davis, playing in 76 games and starting 45 of them. With the Lakers, Brown averaged 24.5 minutes per night, averaging 7.1 points, 4.1 rebounds per game, shooting 43-percent from the field and 38-percent from three.

As a former first-round pick by the Washington Wizards, Brown found his most successful season last year with the Lakers, helping them to the Western Conference Finals, where they were swept by eventual NBA Champions Denver Nuggets.

During the playoffs, Brown saw his role diminish, playing in 12 games but only averaging 10.3 minutes per game and scoring less than two points per game. Brown shot 13-percent from three during his 12 games and shot 35-percent from the floor.

Brown’s sophomore season in 2019 saw him average 10.4 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game on 43-percent shooting and 34-percent shooting from three.

Brown will join the Timberwolves, where he’ll fight for starting minutes with former Washington forward Jaden McDaniels, who is coming off an injury. McDaniels is an excellent defender alongside Anthony Edwards, Karl Anthony-Towns, and Rudy Gobert. If Brown doesn’t start, he, Kyle Anderson, and newly extended Naz Reid are likely to be the first three players off the bench.


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