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Shannon Brown wants to get in on the free agent fun

Jun 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

It seems the Lakers could have a clean slate at point guard. With Derek Fisher an unrestricted free agent and Jordan Farmar a restricted one, L.A. was set to move forward into the off-season with Shannon Brown as the sole PG secured for next season. However, apparently Brown has decided that he will “probably” turn down his $2.2 million player option for next season to become a free agent, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles.

If nothing else, Brown should be able to sign a longer deal in anticipation of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is likely to not only curb max contract size and length starting in 2011, but also have a trickle-down effect to players in Shannon’s tier.

If Brown wants to re-sign with the Lakers, the initial year of his new deal could only be worth about $2.6 million, unless L.A. plans to use part of their mid-level exception. With Los Angeles so far over the cap, the only reason they can re-sign Brown at all is using a salary cap exception of some sort; if they choose not to cut into the MLE, they’ll be able to re-sign Shannon to a new deal (starting roughly at the aforementioned $2.6 million) because they hold his Early Bird rights.

However, the Lakers could surely seek PG help from elsewhere. Fisher seems like a lock to return, but L.A. could still play the market with their MLE. There are likely plenty of free agents out there who wouldn’t mind snuggling up with the champs. Although point guard isn’t exactly the deepest position in this summer’s FA class, there are still a few viable candidates. Raymond Felton (UFA), Kyle Lowry (RFA), and even Steve Blake (UFA) could provide interesting alternatives, should the Lakers prefer them to Brown.

  1. Atomsk - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    It seems that Laker’s fan favorites always get the boot…
    First, Ronny Turiaf, then ariza last year, and this year ShanWOW

  2. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    I don’t care. My Lover Kobe is still on the team and can overcome any deficiency. Kobe and I will be trying to get Phil to join in a physical relationship with us. I still have yet to meet Kobe…or Phil…but when I do……I will be King of the Hobbits and they shall be my Princes!

  3. Hoops McCann - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    More accurate is that all 3 of them dumped (or in Brown’s case are dumping)the Lakers to try to get more money. Turiaf did get a lot more. Ariza didn’t and is now the poster child for blowing it because of a bad agent’s greed. Turning down guaranteed millions to try to get millions more is not the definition of “getting the boot”!

  4. Atomsk - Jun 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    You’re totally right, and I didn’t mean it to sound like that… I was on my way out, and didn’t give it much thought.

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