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Lakers Brown opts out of deal, to test free agency

Jul 1, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

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One last little transaction move before the lockout took all the fun of summer…

Lakers guard Shannon Brown opted out of the second year of his deal, leaving $2.4 million on the table to become a free agent. This was expected, he’s going to test the market.

Brown wants a multi-year deal under whatever the new system looks like. If the Lakers are going to get out and run more next season like new coach Mike Brown has said, then the ultra-athletic Brown would be a good fit off the bench. They have said they would like to have him back, but the Lakers have more pressing needs.

But the odds of draft pick Darius Morris making the Lakers roster just went up.

  1. mistercharitystripe34 - Jul 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    If the season goes on as scheduled, and guaranteed contracts are maximum 3-4 year deals, I could see Chicago giving Brown a three-year $15 million contract. He’s a serviceable, athletic SG who can create his own shot and play enough defense.

    • mytthor - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      I watched Shannon play, and while he can create his shot, he’s just best described as a bonehead. Constantly going under screens against shooters like Jason “9 for 11” Terry, overdribbling, and taking shots that would make me facepalm if Kobe took them, let alone the backup. Can be an exciting player, but unless the Lakers get an infusion of youth and athleticism from somewhere else, they don’t really have the personnel to run anyway, and it’s a bit wasted.

    • silk32 - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Your post pretty much sums up why the lockout will be long and protracted.

    • purdueman - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:44 PM

      I agree! He’d look great in a Bulls uniform. When announcer Hawk Harrelson heard the news, he said: “He Gone!”. :-)

  2. silk32 - Jul 1, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Saw this coming from a mile away. After the rumors, denials, etc. involving Brown and Pau Gasol/fiance, one of them had to go . I guess the “count down” to Brown’s exit from L.A. is officially over.

    • purdueman - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      As the old song goes: “Bang! Bang!, He banged her down!; Bang! Bang! he screwed her round!” LOL!!!

    • mytthor - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      I don’t know if the Gasol rumor has any truth to it but Brown opting out has nothing to do with anything other than money.

  3. edmazeing1 - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    His wife is from ATL (hi Monica)!!!

    • royistheboy - Jul 2, 2011 at 12:12 AM

      If he was still playing for the Cavs the best he could do would be a chick from Dannity Cane

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Awwww c’mon SHANNON! You don’t wanna leave, man. We’ve got beaches. Beaches.

    • purdueman - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:48 PM

      Chicago has very nice beaches too, and the water isn’t cold, salty and full of things that sting you either!!!

  5. delfunk34 - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Good riddance. As a Lakers fan I’ve had to watch Brown make some of the most dumbfounding decisions on a basketball court that I have ever seen. It’s true that he is an athletic freak, but he plays horrible defense and is streaky at best with his J. His highlight dunks overshadow his low basketball IQ and fundamental inadequacies as a guard. I’m ure someone will pay him though. Atlanta, I’m looking at you…

    • therookie773 - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:41 AM

      Why Atlanta? you really wanna see Josh Smith and Brown have their personal dunk contest night after night? actually that WOULD be good, I need a good laugh.

  6. ocgunslinger - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Granted he can make some dramatic dunks but nonetheless he is a role player at best who is easily replaceable.

    • purdueman - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:55 PM

      Typical Laker fan arrogance; I can’t wait for the new likely much lower and HARD salary cap to kick in with the new CBA! Lakers will be able to replace Shannon alright, but with a lower HARD salary cap Pargo or some refugee from the D-league will be your “easy” replacement Laker Honks!!!

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