Northwest Notes: Brown, Grand Rapids Gold, Markkanen, Wolves

Versatile role player Bruce Brown is getting comfortable ahead of his first season with the Nuggets, writes Ethan Fuller of Basketball News in a new interview. The swingman signed a two-year, $13.2MM deal with Denver as a free agent this summer.

“[Knowing my role] was huge, because you don’t want to go to a team where it just won’t work, right?” Brown told Fuller. “So I knew coming to Denver — the way they play, it’s a lot of cuts, slips [and] corner threes. And then, they got a lot of guys who know how to play the game of basketball, so the game would be a lot easier.”

Brown hopes to thrive alongside 2021 and 2022 MVP Nikola Jokic, one of the game’s best passers. “I feel like I’m one of the best cutters in the league,” Brown said. “So I can find open spots. make the game easier for him, knock down corner threes [and] just take some pressure off.”

There’s more out of the Northwest Division:

  • The assistant coaches under newly-named Grand Rapids Gold head coach Andre Miller have been announced, per a Nuggets press statement. Denver’s G League affiliate has upgraded Nate Babcock, an assistant coach under Jason Terry in 2021/22, is now the club’s associate head coach. The team is also adding two new assistant coaches, Jeff Trepagnier and James Fraschilla, to its bench.
  • In a new Timberwolves reader mailbag Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic discusses Minnesota jumbo-sized All-Star frontcourt tandem of Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, the knee health of Anthony Edwards, head coach Chris Finch, and more.
  • Thunder team president Sam Presti addressed a variety of Oklahoma City hot topics in talking to gathered media during a preseason press conference Thursday, writes Joe Mussatto of the Oklahoman. Presti spoke about the timeline for star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as he recovers from a left MCL sprain, the team’s decision to sign swingman Luguentz Dort to a lucrative contract extension this summer, his thoughts on international guard Vasilije Micic, and more.