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Shannon Brown makes it official, will be dunking for the Lakers

Aug 5, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for SBrown_acrobat.jpgWe said it was coming last night and now it’s official — Shannon Brown will stay a Laker.

Brown will sign a two-year deal with the Lakers, the first year for $2.2 million and the second a player option for $2.4 million, according to Chris Tomasson at FanHouse, who spoke with Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein.

Brown opted out of a $2.1 million deal for next year, but could not get more out of the Lakers. He could get a little more, $2.7 million, out of the Knicks and that would have come with more minutes and a much larger role on the team, maybe even starting. In Los Angeles, Brown got 20 minutes a game playing behind Kobe, something that likely would continue.

But the Lakers have the rings.

“The lure of the Lakers was too great,” said Bartelstein, whose client had been looked at strongly by New York. “He didn’t want to look back and not have the chance to go for a third straight championship.”

This is a good signing for a Lakers team that is talented but getting older, and is not as athletic as some of its main competition. Brown certainly brings youth and athleticism, plus a few high-flying dunks back to Los Angeles.

  1. Rodney Nolley - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Ha Ha Ha Let’s get 3 I Can’t Wait for The Season To Start Everybody’s Back Plus We Got More.Don’t Forget We Got The Feb Trading Date, Mabye Somebody Want Adam Morrison Looks like LA vs Bost Again….,. Sorry Miami But They Got Shaq

  2. Anonymous - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Yawn

  3. mikesporty - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    keep yawnin’… moron!

  4. jaided - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Brown is gonna t bag shaq in the finals. Miami give alonzo a call.

  5. pjmjfan - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Under the guidance of the Zen Master and veteran players, hopefully Brown can evolve into a cerebral player. The instinctive bursts are electrifying at times, but often lead to bad decisions. Blending his athleticism with a cerebral perspective while on the court would make Brown one of the most deadly bench players in the league.

  6. On that note... - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Yeah, and if the queen had balls she’d be the king. This guy is athletic, but don’t count on that cerebral part showing up. Reminiscent of Devean “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” George.

  7. Drew - Aug 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Brown brings youth and athleticism that the Lakers need, but he was often lost in the triangle and his game is actually impeded in that kind of system. He often had difficulty matching up defensively. He was part of the second unit which notoriously blew big leads throughout the season. With or without Brown, the Lakers are the best team in the West.

  8. pjmjfan - Aug 5, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Ha! Hilarious. I hear ya. It’s good to have dreams though, right?

  9. jonnymac - Aug 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    For his unorthodox shooting/release style, the dude’s got a pretty good fade-jumper……still needs to work on penetrating defenses more. If he could penetrate consistently….oh my damns!….he’d posterized half the league’s big-men.
    But for 2.1 Million?……a great deal for the Lakers!…..and he comes off as a nice kid…..plus he’s worth more than his weight in gold in those open court runs to the basket and Redonkalous Fly-With-Me Dunks!!!!!!!!

  10. Randy - Aug 5, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Another good move for the Lakers. Brown will improve offensively and he can match up with quick guards on defense. Shaq to the Celtics would be big news if he was 28 and not 38, but the Diesel does takes up a lot of space around the basket. The Celtics were wimpy in game 6 and 7 on the boards when it mattered most. Shaq will be a difference maker if he stays healthy. The Celtics are not as athletic as the Heat (or Bulls), but they are a more balanced team top to bottom. I just don’t think anyone fears Pierce, Garnett and Allen anymore. Hopefully, the C’s “Big Three” and Miami’s “Three-Egos” will tire themselves out before facing the Lakers.

  11. davidly - Aug 6, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    It’s not just that they are overmatched at center. It’s that they are overmatched in the middle – Bosh notwithstanding. Garnett old? I’d take him next year over CB in a heartbeat. And the Lakers with Gasol and Odom (and maybe Bynum) are not the only thing that beats the Heat.
    Bryant/Artest and Pierce/Allen are not exactly pushovers. Some of the Bulls teams of the ’90s may have been overmatched at center, but what other teams at that time had answers at the swing position for Jordan/Pippen? Sorry, but, at least for next season, Wade/James are not that far in front of the competition.

  12. Omnius - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Great to have Downtown/Uptown Shannon Brown back as he does bring youthful athleticism to the Lakers with his high flying dunk act. Nothing fires up a team and crowd more than a soaring dunk and Shannon Brown delivers on that high note. Looks like the Repeat World Champion Lakers have gotten better this offseason and will be ready to defend their repeat title while winning another Threepeat Championship next June. Going to be fun if Shaq helps the aging Celtics get back to the NBA Finals to watch the Kobe-Shaq rivalry or if somehow the Heatstroke manage to win the Eastern Creampuff Conference it will be fun watching Kobe run circles around a weak defender like LeBoring James, the King of Choke. The Black Mamba Kobe and the Lakers will Threepeat!

  13. Sal - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    I hear through my sources that Queen LeBron is very upset that the Lakers are opening the NBA night with Houston and Yao Ming. Guess the reason he’s totally upset is because 80% of Chinese population are going to be watching Kobe get another Championship ring and sell more shoes and # 24 Lakers jerseys in the Big Asian Country. Queen Lebron and his boyhood marketing team ” call this outrageous ” and demanded an explanation from David Stern and the NBA. Mr. Stern politely reminded Queen Lebron that the NBA is not ESPN or Nike and and that the only thing that matters in the NBA is rings. Ouch!

  14. NR - Aug 9, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    I truely hope that Brown will show alot more this coming year than he has in the last 2. He is athletic but unfortunately he needs to improve in more areas (defense, passing, shots (inside and outside the arc). I’m pulling for him but he has a long way to go and hopefully he can prove it this year !!!

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