Former top overall pick Kwame Brown hasn’t played an NBA game since February 20. The Philadelphia 76ers center was signed as a creature comfort by the Doug Collins-influenced Sixers front office last year two a needless two-year deal and the 32-year old has no real role on this current Sixers team despite what could be an entire year lost to injury from rookie center Nerlens Noel.

With Philadelphia rebuilding and trying out a series of youngsters for gigs that won’t matter for at least a few years some local media are wondering just why Brown is still hanging around the team. Especially with a litany of potential minor league prospects that would at least be on the ready to contribute to the team’s attempts at double-digit wins this year. From Thomas Moore at The Intelligencer:

It’s a mystery. Brown isn’t a hard worker or a leader. He was so ineffective last season that he didn’t appear in the final 30 games for a fading team despite being healthy. He has yet to practice due to a strained hamstring and doesn’t appear to be in anything close to game shape.
Give him his guaranteed $3 million — hard to believe I know — to go away. The Sixers cannot afford to waste a spot on the 15-man roster especially with Noel Arnett Moultrie and Jason Richardson expected to miss more than two months as they recover from injuries. That means the Sixers are essentially already down to 12 players. Teams are permitted to dress 13 for each game.

We don’t want to be in the business of outright asking why teams don’t cut certain players though Moore points out that Brown is still going to get his money (the probable last drop in a career that has handed Kwame Brown a frightful $64 million in career earnings) so it isn’t as if we’re taking food off of Kwame’s table.