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Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:21 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 10:12 pm
Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown has opted out so that he can enter free agency. Posted by Ben Golliver. shannon-brown

It's been a fairly quiet summer for the Los Angeles Lakers roster-wise. With one exception, that is.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers guard Shannon Brown has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract so that he can enter free agency.
Lakers backup guard Shannon Brown informed the team Thursday that he was exercising his option to terminate the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

"We made the best decision for me and everybody around me," Brown said in a telephone interview. "It's an interesting time to do this because of the lockout, but I think this is the best thing for me to do right now."

"I haven't ruled out the Lakers," Brown said. "I don't know if they will rule me out. I'm staying open."
Brown, 25, brought an athletic and vertical presence to the Lakers backcourt, which was otherwise comprised entirely of veterans: Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Steve Blake. Brown is probably most known for his leaping ability but he has grown during his time in the NBA, posting a career high of 8.7 points per game in 2010-2011. Brown has also been quite durable, appearing in all 82 games for the Lakers for the second consecutive season. 

Clearly, Brown is seeking a big-dollar, multi-year extension from somebody. By opting out, he is passing up the opportunity to make $2.4 million in the 2011-2012 season.

It's unclear exactly how aggressive the Lakers will be in working to keep him, as their payroll already hovers around a league-high $90 million and the team selected two guards -- Darius Morris from Michigan and Andrew Goudelock from the College of Charleston -- in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. We won't know until after the NBA lockout is complete.


Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:11 am

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

yes he is fun to watch. love to see him come to orlando. we need the speed.  he is a young man, his def. can get better bring in a def. coach and work with him. you can teach def. but you cant teach speed. maybe he could be one piece to convince D12 to stay.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:31 pm

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

Shannon was great for the Lakers when he understood his role.  As his success off the bench increased he lost sight of what his job was and his play suffered.  He's a very talented player but he is also very limited.  He is as good as gone.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 8:41 am

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

It sounds like all the Lakers fans on this post agree that SB is an amazing dunker.  I'd put his top 5 dunks against anyone in the Lockout League, and he'd do well.  The problem is his defense is not good.  He's not good in a half-court system.  His jump shot is marginal (at best).  Would we like for him to remain a Laker?  Heck yeah we would.  He brings a lot of energy and an excitement level because he might slam one down.  Is he worth more that $2.4 million?  Maybe a little, but not much.  I hope the Lakers don't dump a bunch more cash on him.  I'd rather they go get someone who's quick, can defend, play in the half-court, and make an open jumper.  I'd LOVE to see the Lakers get Berea from Dallas.  I know he's short, but man can that kid play.  It's probably a moot point because the lockout is going to last a LOOOOOOOONG time.  I'd be surprised if there is a next season.  We'll probably be watching replacement players (NOT!).  And after the NBA player cross the picket lines, they'll make a movie.  Do you think they could get Keanu Reeves to star in that one too?

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:41 pm

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

Number one, someone IF there even is an NBA season will overpay for him, a team like say the Chicago Bulls.

Two, why is SB or any NBA player opting out during a lock out year?  Sounds like the NBA is so far apart worse than the NFL even.

Third, I really don't think the Lakers old triangle offense system fit SB.  When he got out in the open floor good things happened.

However, as a Lakers fan DO NOT over pay him Lakers.  He's a marginal defender at best, his jump shot went from horrible to OK and he can't hit the ocean from the floor from behind the arc.  Let's see how our rookie guards do plus there are other options IF this is even a FA period like a Felton, or a Brooks out there.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:34 pm

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

Shannon is an exciting dunker.....ummm....thats about it.  He can't play D or make a consistent jump shot.  It won't be easy finding a team that is going to pay him much more than $2.4 million next season.  Still, enjoyed watching his wild dunks and wish him the best.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:08 pm

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

Shannon Brown has developed a fairly decent outside shot at this point in his career and his vertical leap speaks for itself. I think SB is the biggest sleeper free agent of this class. The Lakers would love to have him back. Their early exit from the playoffs showed signs they have a dire need to bolster the footspeed and athleticism of their team to remain competitive. My wizards have positioned themsleves to sign a FA or 2 once the new CBA is negotiated. If I was the wizards GM, I would have no problem signing Shannon Brown to a 4 or 5 year deal at say 4 or 5 million per. Personally, I would rather give that kind of coin to SB and let Nick Young walk. As much as I like "Sick Nick", he's good for spectacular plays but little else. He plays little to no defense and has no idea what an assist is on his best day. I say... Let's scoop Shannon Brown, Sam Dalembart and a more traditional SG/SF like Michael Redd for veteran leadership and save the rest of our cap space for the next crop of free agents expected to be available in 2012.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:57 pm

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

It's not like Shannon didn't get his chance to further prove himself in Phil's rotations last season - I just didn't see his game all.  He's still a great open-court, transition player - especially on the fast break - but he was pretty atrocious in the half court game.  Ultimately, he's just not a great decision maker.  I wish him well though, he certainly had his moments as a Laker.

This also obviously bodes well insofar as Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock's chances of making the Lakers roster - kudos to Kupchak for his draft day foresight.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

I like Shannon. When he came to the Lakers in the trade and was really an after thought he has proven himself to be a very adequate backup guard.

Even though others might see a weakness in his defensive game, I think this can be partially eliminated with playing time. I liked his enthusiastic way of playing and bringing what is our only limited running game.  

I would rather see the Lakers retain the services of Shannon though I think other teams will price him out of the range in which the Lakers would want to pay.

The Lakers drafted several guards in the recent draft, though a couple are a year or two away from joining the roster, as they have an obligation to overseas teams. There are two that might be ok, but then what type of talent do you normally find around the basement where the Lakers draft.
I hope Shannon remain a Laker, however, under the circumstances I know this would be impossible.  I know another team would be very happy to pick up this guard with 2 rings from a championship team and the experience he has from being around Kobe and D-Fish.


Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:30 pm

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

Always fun to watch Shannon dunk, but he is a goner as far as the Lakers are concerned. No defensive ability and a tendency to completely disappear during games offensively. Maybe he can get some more playing time somewhere else and show what he's got.

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