NBA Free Agency 2010: Shannon Brown's Options
Last year, Shannon Brown wasn't necessarily a main contributor for the Lakers, but he did play solid minutes and played well when he was on the court. Brown was essentially a throw-in in a deal between the Bobcats and the Lakers last season. This season Brown established himself as a regular rotation member and logged 21 minutes a game.
The 2010 NBA free agency period was probably the best in the history of the NBA and many teams as well as the players took advantage. Everyone was trying to desperately improve their teams and the players benefited from this.
There are really only three big name free agents left. Shaq, Tracy Mcgrady, and Shannon Brown. Shaq and Mcgrady are both seasoned veterans that are looking for a contract that will potentially take them into retirement while Brown is only 24 years old and is not even in his prime yet.
Because Brown is really the only young player left of serious value he is the most valuable player left on the market. Several teams have shown a lot of interest in Brown, but at this point I think it's a three team race between the Knicks, the Cavs, and the Lakers.
The Lakers want Brown back, and Brown wants to resign with the Lakers however, if the Lakers fail to rid themselves of Sasha Vujacic's binding contract Brown would have to take a large pay cut. The Lakers are deep into luxury tax territory and do not want to take on another large contract.
If Brown wants to sign with the Lakers he will get less minutes and will probably have to take a pay cut, but he will get to stay in Los Angeles. Who doesn't want to live in LA? He also will have a chance to compete for a ring. Playoff experience is very valuable in the NBA and Shannon Brown will get a lot of it with the Lakers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are another one of Brown's options. Cleveland is pretty much the opposite of the Lakers. The Cavs can offer Brown a nice big paycheck and plenty of playing time, but they won't win many games and he has to live in Cleveland.
Cleveland would be a good choice for Brown if he is in it for the money or if he feels that he is not getting enough playing time. Cleveland may not be his first choice, but they do have young talent and if they will overpay for Brown's services why not? Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions, and Brown could form a solid guard rotation in a faced paced offense.
The last option for Brown is the New York Knicks. Personally, I believe that New York is the best place for Brown. They will pay him well and he should fit in perfectly in Mike D'Antoni's run and gun offense. He is a high-flyer who is at his best on the break.
Not only will Brown fit into New York's offense, but he will get good minutes. Maybe not starters minutes, but still more than he got with the Lakers. In addition, living in New York is definitely a plus as well. New York is an up and coming team. Carmelo Antony and Chris Paul have both expressed interest in playing for the Knicks after their contracts expire.
The Knicks may not compete for a championship this season, but they will be competitive. They have a great young roster and Brown would fit right in. At 24, the New York night life might be too much to resist.
Brown is loyal to LA, but I believe that New York is probably the best destination for Brown at this point. The can be competitive, provide him with playing time, and pay him well not to mention he will get to live in New York City.
Shannon Brown has a couple of solid teams to choose from, it just depends on what he's looking for. Once Brown is off the market, the market for a potential role player will be very slim. It is possible that a contender swoops in and nabs Brown at the last second.
Shannon Brown has likely been giving the Lakers time to try to get rid of Sasha Vujacic. If they can do it, I expect him to sign with the Lakers. If they are unable to move him, a bidding war could occur between New York and Cleveland. When the decision is made, depends on just how much time he wants to give the Lakers. Who knows the Big Apple may be too much to resist.
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