Bruce Brown’s unfiltered response after realizing some Raptors fans don’t want him on their team

Peter Dewey
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Toronto Raptors guard Bruce Brown responded to a fan on social media that doesn’t want him to be a part of the team any longer.

Brown was traded to the Raptors during the 2023-24 season in the deal that sent star Pascal Siakam to the Indiana Pacers.

After winning a title with the Denver Nuggets in the 2022-23 season, Brown signed with the Pacers in free agency in the offseason. His contract was just a two-year deal with a team option in the second season, which means Brown could be back with Toronto in the 2024-25 campaign if the franchise picks up his option.

If not, Brown would become a free agent.

Nuggets and Raptors fans responded to Brown’s post on X (formerly known as Twitter) to share their desire for him to be on their team.

For now, Brown’s future is out of his hands since Toronto controls his option on his contract.

It would be surprising to see the Raptors decline Brown’s option, as it could use him as a trade piece this offseason. The Raptors are in a bit of a rebuild around Scottie Barnes, so having a player on an expiring deal like Brown could be valuable if the Raptors want to add more future assets.

In the 2023-24 season, Brown appeared in 67 games for the Pacers and Raptors and averaged 10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from 3-point range.

After starting all 33 games that he appeared in with the Pacers, Brown mainly came off the bench in Toronto, starting just 11 of the 34 games he played in with the team. That led to his numbers taking a bit of a hit. The veteran averaged just 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a Raptor.

A second-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Brown has carved out a nice role for himself in the NBA and was a crucial part of Denver’s title run in the 2022-23 season. It’s possible that another team views Brown as the missing piece and could look to acquire him this offseason – whether it is via a trade or if the Raptors decline his option to make him a free agent.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.