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Shannon Brown not happy about recent string of DNP-CDs

Feb 26, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

Shannon Brown, Jared Dudley AP

The Suns are unquestionably in a rebuilding mode, and after trying (but mostly failing) to win games during the first half of the season by putting the players on the floor who would give them the best chance to do so, the team is now focused on the future and developing its young talent.

That meant that a serviceable backup point guard in Sebastian Telfair was sent packing at the trade deadline, after he began to ride the bench in favor of rookie Kendall Marshall getting those minutes instead.

Now, it’s Shannon Brown‘s turn.

Brown deserves to be on the court, given his talent level in relation to others on the roster who are getting that playing time. And understandably, he’s not happy with the new role the team has placed him in.

From Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com:

“It bothers me every night,” he said. “It bothers me from when the first time I didn’t play.”

“It hurts. It is what it is though. I understand it’s a business and I can’t take it too personal.”

Brown said he was talked to “but nobody gave me no real answer. They just sent me around the world and come back to nothing. I talked to them but they say all the stuff that in the end doesn’t justify why or give me a good reason of what’s going on.”

“It ain’t easy. I definitely think it’s undeserved. There’s a lot of things I could say but I’m going to just stay professional about the whole situation and let the season play out.”

It’s tough to blame either side here, although if what Brown said about not being able to get a straight answer as to the reason for his diminished minutes playing time, then management could have handled things a bit better.

But then again, Brown has been around — Phoenix is his fifth NBA team, and he’s now in his seventh season. He should know the reason he’s sitting; the Suns know what they have in Brown, they need to see more of guys like Marshall, Wesley Johnson, Marcus Morris, and even Michael Beasley to a certain extent to see where they go from a roster standpoint in the future.

Brown is under contract through the end of next season for a very reasonable $3.5 million. If the team goes into a full-blown youth movement to completely start from scratch, it would be very easy to move Brown — and his expiring contract — somewhere where he’d be more content.

  1. adoombray - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Shannon Brown is sitting because he is just another shoot first 2 guard who wouldn’t even share the ball with Steve Nash when he was here (If Brown gets the inbound, Brown gets the shot). Last year he sat out in Free Agency with nobody interested in him until the Suns brought him up for spare change. Despite how much Laker fans love the guy for what amounts to a couple of decent youtube videos of dunks, he’s not a productive player and is not a starting caliber player.

    • paleihe - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I wish I found spare change like that in my couch cushions.

      • adoombray - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        They went after Gordon, then Mayo, then traded for Wes Johnson, then brought him back at 7 million over 2. in NBA terms, thats a 7th or 8th man’s salary. That’s a throw in to balance the books on a trade for an actual player. That’s the artist formerly known as Derek Fisher money.

        I guess what i’m trying to say is, when nobody wanted him, when what he did sign for is backup money, and where he signed was a team loaded at his position with youngsters who need playing time in a season the Suns gave up on before the All-Star break… what did he expect?

      • paleihe - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Granted, by NBA standards, it’s not much…but goodness, that’s good pay.

        He’s a competitive guy that wants PT. Can’t really fault him there. But, I know he got some decent run earlier in the season. Maybe he’s looking for a good answer as to why he’s not playing.

  2. patfic15 - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Painful to read.

  3. chicitybulls - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    He should sign with the Bulls. An all Chicago back-court (I know he’s from Maywood but still its the Chicago area) to lead the Bulls to another championship. Another ball handler that can get his own shot alongside D. Rose when he returns. He’ll give more than Rip is giving that’s for sure.

  4. phx1311 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Shannon is sitting because the suns are in full tank mode period.

  5. truprof - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    The Suns will likely drop Brown after the season to sign younger, less expensive players. They will explain this move by saying that they are in rebuilding mode. They will duplicate this kind of move and will use this excuse for the next several seasons.

  6. sunsbolts7 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Even if they can’t trade him in the off-season, his contract is only partially guaranteed next season.

    And Shannon? Saying there’s a lot you can say but you’re just going to be professional, isn’t too professional. Especially after you said a lot already. Bassy was truly professional about it. J.O. is being professional about being a veteran player on a bad team. You’re complaining….about what? The team was terrible when your trigger-happy ass was on the court. Collect your paycheck and be a professional about understanding the route the team is going for the rest of the year.

  7. mvasmatters - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    An Open Letter to Shannon Brown,

    Dean Shannon,

    You could always come back to the Lake Show.

    Love,
    Lakers Nation

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