One of the last orders of business for the Knicks before a potential NBA lockout was a decision on Derrick Brown, whose contract expires tomorrow.
The team opted to make the $1,059,293 qualifying offer scheduled for Brown, who will become a restricted free agent on July 1 (or, if there is a work stoppage, after the lockout has been lifted).
Brown was claimed on waivers from the Charlotte Bobcats on March 1 and appeared in only eight of the final 24 games of the regular season and did not appear in the sweep by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. He averaged 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in eight appearances during the regular season and expressed disappointment that he was picked up by the Knicks.
At this point, the decision to give Brown a QO is mainly just to maintain his "Bird Rights" as a free agent, but what will that mean once a new salary cap system is in place? The Knicks can always waive Brown's rights to clear the $1,059,293 salary slot if they need it.