L.A. Lakers guard Shannon Brown had an excellent start to the 2010-2011 regular season by showing off his athleticism and his newly acquired three-point shooting. After the first two months of the season, his production declined considerably due to his predictability on offense and his overplaying on defense.
Brown has an early termination option in his contract for $2.4 million. General manager Mitch Kupchak expects Brown to test the free-agent waters as he did last season and due to the lack of cap space on the Lakers' end, signing him to the contract he may be seeking will be difficult.
In a perfect world, the Lakers would like Brown to remain in Los Angeles by signing an extension to keep his athleticism, excitement and youth with the Lakers. The Lakers will definitely need a quality guard to replace Brown in the rotation—someone to provide scoring off the bench and allow Mike Brown to massage Kobe Bryant's minutes.