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Shannon Brown expected to sign with Lakers Thursday

Aug 4, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

shannon brown.jpgNBA players have a little Gollom in them — they will do anything for the precious ring. 

Shannon Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein told the New York Post that Brown is leaning towards returning to the Lakers and will make his announcement Thursday.

The Knicks offered one year at $2.7 million (they want to keep cap space flexibility for next summer). The Lakers offered less money but more years.

Brown also would have a larger role with New York, if not as the starting two guard then as the first guard off the bench. In Los Angeles Brown would be Kobe Bryant’s backup, which would not mean nearly as many minutes (he averaged 20.7 a game last year).

But the Lakers could offer another shot at a ring.

“The Knicks did a great job selling Shannon on everything and their vision for him,” Bartelstein said. “They did a great job but the chance to go back and win a third championship for the Lakers is a tough thing to pass up. He’ll make a final decision (Thursday).”

  1. Bob R. - Aug 4, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    With Brown signing tomorrow, does this finalize the Lakers roster for the upcoming season?

  2. claire bear - Aug 5, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    I hope Shannon does follow through in signing with the Lakers because the Lakers do need athleticism in the guard position. He does a great job coming off the bench and provides electricity when he is on the floor.

  3. Big Daddy J - Aug 5, 2010 at 1:18 AM

    We love Shannon Brown and he knows it! Now he needs to step it up this year and play like an Animal! His thumb should be at 100%, he played the I’m worth a lot more money role, Niebuhr time to Man up and help the Lakers win another championship as he is very capable!!

  4. jgc711 - Aug 5, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    with farmar gone, shannon will have more playing time and will take on more responsibility…he will be able to help in the lakers seek for a 3-peat…

  5. mac - Aug 5, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    Kurt, it’s Gollum not Goll0m :)

  6. Lakers Fan - Aug 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Really glad he’s coming back. Even though he didn’t always follow the script offensively last year, he’ll get better at that, and considering that they’re not exactly young anymore, the Lakers could definitely use some young athletic legs.

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