NBA Free Agency: Derrick Brown's Potential Impact on the Spurs

By Chris Hawkins

For RC Buford and the San Antonio Spurs, you can chalk this up an unspectacular yet solid move.

Free agent forward, Derrick Brown and the Spurs have agreed upon a non-guaranteed training camp invitation, his agent, Calvin Andrews of BDA Sports Management tells

First, the signing means that San Antonio has likely moved on from the idea of signing Josh Howard or Tracy McGrady. Brown is a true combo forward has long been a need for San Antonio.

He has also shown some promise  from three-point range (31.7%, on 41 attempts) to think he could become a respectable shooter. If he does, he could go from fringe player to rotation player.

He should also be able to help Spurs on the defensive end, where the Spurs need improvement. If the Spurs decide to keep him, he will be able to provide more depth at the small forward spot behind Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson.

He will too be a good candidate to be a small ball PF to match up against guys such as Lamar Odom or Kevin Durant.

Given that he can provide depth at small forward and as a big, I expect him to make the team.

I even think he’s got a shot at lasting the entire season. This means that there is a good chance that DeJuan Blair is traded and Brown takes his minutes as a small ball PF.

Though he’s far from the best option for this, he’s a better option than Blair. Gregg Popovich appears to no longer have a need for his skill-set.

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