LA Lakers Expected to Re-sign Shannon Brown, T-Mac No Longer an Option

John HaverfordContributor IJuly 15, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  (L-R) Jordan Farmar #1, Shannon Brown #12 and Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate with the Larry O'Brien trophy after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With veteran guard Raja Bell spurning the Lakers to play for the Utah Jazz, the Lakers have decided to extend a multi-year contract offer to guard Shannon Brown.

Shannon Brown's agent Mark Bartelstein indicated that the guard will likely accept the Lakers' offer after receiving unappealing offers from other teams, including Utah and Indiana.

Brown quickly became a fan favorite in Los Angeles with his high-flying dunks and hustle after the Lakers acquired him from the Charlotte Bobcats in the middle of the 2009 season. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds this season in a little over 20 minutes a game.

With Brown on board, the Lakers seem set with their guard rotation for the 2010-2011 NBA season, and will not contact veteran guard Tracy McGrady.

The Lakers' front office became irritated after reports surfaced that the former All-Star was willing to sign for the veteran's minimum with the Miami Heat.

The Los Angeles Lakers will now turn their attention to signing a backup center from the likes of Kurt Thomas, Joe Smith, or Theo Ratliff. The Lakers also have interest in former Utah Jazz guard Ronnie Brewer, but understandably do not have the financial means to sign him.

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