After going through the NBA Summer League with the New York Knicks in Las Vegas, Shannon Brown has been released by the team prior to the start of the regular season.
The Knicks' public relations account announced the news Wednesday via Twitter:
July 23, 2014 – New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has waived guard Shannon Brown.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 23, 2014
The journeyman point guard played in 19 games with the Knicks during the 2013-14 season, averaging just 2.1 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.2 assists in 7.8 minutes per game. That's well below his career average of 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in more than double the minutes he received in New York.
Brown played for the summer league team to find his game again, as he told Josh Martin of Bleacher Report:
I thought coming to Summer League would give me a chance to get back in the groove a little bit of actually playing basketball. ... To basically have it taken away from me was tough to deal with, but, you know, I'm blessed. I've got a great family. I've got great people around me that tell me to keep pushing, and I'm self-motivated also.
Unfortunately, Brown was not extremely productive in Las Vegas. Averaging 14 minutes per game, he only contributed 7.4 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.
Alan Hahn of MSG Network and Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York provide their thoughts on the move:
#Knicks announced that they waived veteran G Shannon Brown. Caught in a numbers game. Had to be waived by end of July or 2nd year guaranteed— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) July 23, 2014
Knicks announce they've waived Shannon Brown, who was one of the Knicks familiar with the triangle.— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) July 23, 2014
Though he's mostly been a role player at every stop he's made during his eight-year career, Brown adds experience off the bench. A former player for Phil Jackson, he also knows the system that Derek Fisher will likely implement in New York.
Was waiving Brown the right decision by the Knicks?
After the addition of Jose Calderon from the Dallas Mavericks this summer, the Knicks have multiple point guards worthy of collecting minutes. Unfortunately, Brown apparently wasn't in New York's plans this season.
With more youth being added to the roster with Cleanthony Early and Shane Larkin, the spots were also slim for a veteran like Brown.
As for Brown, the 28-year-old still has a chance to find a spot before the season gets underway. With postseason experience and knowledge of the game, Brown still has a chance to stick with another franchise looking for depth.