Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  19 responses

Shannon Brown Becomes a Free Agent

As expected, the Lakers’ guard opted-out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. The LA Times reports: “[Shannon] Brown and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said this was the best time for the 6-foot-4 guard to test the free-agent market, even though the NBA is about to impose a lockout and no one knows what the future collective bargaining agreement will be. Brown had to let the Lakers know of his decision by Thursday’s deadline. ‘We made the best decision for me and everybody around me,’ Brown said in a telephone interview. ‘It’s an interesting time to do this because of the lockout, but I think this is the best thing for me to do right now.’ Brown signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Lakers in 2010, even though he was offered more money and a longer deal by several teams. He was due to make about $2.37 million next season. Brown and Bartelstein said the player wants a longer-term contract, and both said the Lakers remain in the mix. ‘I haven’t ruled out the Lakers,’ Brown said. ‘I don’t know if they will rule me out. I’m staying open.’”

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  • Riggs

    Rest of the league says “meh”

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Maybe he’ll join the Machine and Farmer in Brooklyn

  • JR

    Atlanta Hawks

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed


  • http://aol.com Run”N’Gun219

    He’s going to the Home town team.

  • TheNightWatch*8*

    He’d Do Good In Chicago

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, he’d be dope coming off the bench in Chicago. He’s definitely not the answer for our 2-guard problems, but an athletic guy off the bench would be dope.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If he was a better defender he’d be perfect for Orlando.

  • Prince

    It’s be.tter to leave that sinking ship now. Lakers are done, how about heading up the coast to play for the Warriors.

  • Ryan D.


  • http://Www.imdb.com TheBigL

    @the seed. My exact comment on Facebook. This blows, bur makes sense.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    After the rumors, denials involving Brown and Pau Gasol/fiance, this move by Brown had to happen.

  • LP

    …come to chicago, my brother…

  • MVP

    Brown not going anywhere why go to the bulls when you can stay in lala land all he wants is money and the lakers are going to pay him that

  • West More

    Brown is a crazy dunker… like the BoingVert guys… he shouldn’t leave though

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    @ mvp, because lala land is yesterday, bulls the future.

  • El_Black_Mamba

    He’s weak and inconsistent ..he has a couple decent dunks and everyone thinks he’s dom wilkins …let him go I don’t want to over pay him like they did with luke walton And regret it later and be stuck with him

  • http://slamonline.com Wagers

    Only teams that make any since for this guy is New Orleans/ Washington/ LA Clips. No matter where he goes, I don’t think he’s going to be a game changer. I would put him in just to pick up the pace and then take him out. Any person and their right mind would just take him for the MLE.

  • Young Breezy

    He should to new york wit melo,amare,chauncey,and tony parker or chris paul should to but his second choice should be chicago