NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Go After LA Lakers Guard Shannon Brown

Jonathan GoldbergContributor IJuly 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17:  Guard Shannon Brown #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a dunk as guard Jason Richardson #23 of the Phoenix Suns defends in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Brown missed the dunk. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mark Terrill/Pool/Getty Images)
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Reports are surfacing the New York Knicks have made an offer to Lakers free agent shooting guard Shannon Brown.

The terms of the deal are still unknown.

At this point, Brown has two options: Take the offer from the Knicks, or wait and see if the Lakers can trade Sasha Vujacic so that he can resign with the two time defending champions. 

If Brown accepts the offer from the Knicks, he would be fighting for minutes with Wilson Chandler (some believe Brown would eventually earn the starting spot over Chandler), and Kelenna Azubuike. Brown's numbers last season were not all that impressive, averaging 8.1 points per game. The upside is that he was only playing about 20 minutes per game (for his career he is averaging about 6 points in 15 minutes per game). With more playing time his numbers would certainly rise all-around. 

For Brown to stay with LA, they will need to move Vujacic. Sasha is in his contract year and is owed a little under 5.5 million this season. They already tried to deal him for Delonte West, but to no avail. 

If LA does manage to move Vujacic, Brown is likely to resign and resume his roll coming off the bench with limited minutes.

If Brown wishes to become more than just a highlight reel, he will sign with the Knicks. With the Knicks he will get increased minutes, and D'Antoni will make him more of a productive player on offense. 

Or, If he wants another shot at a championship, he will wait and resign with the Lakers, where his minutes and production will likely stay the same.