The Bobcats' needs in the 2009 NBA Draft: a skilled big man and a wing player. We had the wing player. His name is Shannon Brown. It makes me sick every time I hear the broadcasters talk about how he was buried at the end of the bench in Charlotte until he was traded with Adam Morrison to the Lakers for Vladimir Radmanovic.
What's left out of the story is that the Bobcats and Lakers had just played each other about two weeks before the trade. Brown was instrumental in the Bobcats' double OT win, scoring 14 points in 22 minutes, many of which came in the fourth and OT.
Over the next four games, his last for the Bobcats, Brown played 53 minutes—an average of just over 13 minutes a game. His average for the year with the Bobcats was only 11.4 minutes per game. Larry Brown was beginning to find a place for Shannon Brown, while Morrison continued to struggle and Cartier Martin, signed from the D-League, served as the only reserve two-guard.
On Feb. 7, 2009 Brown was traded to the Lakers. His participation in the trade was about balancing salary cap to acquire Radmanovic while shedding Morrison's unproductive salary. Who would've thought Brown, seemingly the most unimportant part of the trade, would get the most press of all?
At the time, I was hoping LA would cut Brown and the Bobcats would re-sign him, while wondering why another player couldn't have been used in the trade. Unfortunately, no other player was eligible. Sean Singletary, who made a similar salary to Brown, had been through a series of trades to land him with the Bobcats (Dec. 10, 2008), but left him ineligible to be traded in February.
Alas, the Bobcats are without Brown who has played for four teams in his career of only three years, but seems to have a home for now in LA. We've all seen his monster denial of Mario West (watch the block on youtube if you haven't). He's now found himself playing in the NBA Finals. Too bad it's not for the Bobcats.