2011 NBA Trade Rumors: Seven Reasons The Lakers Should Move Shannon Brown

Scott Redick@Sports_25toLifeContributor IFebruary 9, 2011

2011 NBA Trade Rumors: Seven Reasons The Lakers Should Move Shannon Brown

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 9: Andrew Bynum #17 (C) of the Los Angeles Lakers is restrained as he attempts to complain to a referee by Lamar Odom #7 (R) and Shannon Brown #12 in the game against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 9, 2011 in Lo
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    Every season, NBA general managers are forced to make tough decisions about up and coming players.

    Shannon Brown has been one of the players that has really stepped up for the Los Angeles Lakers during their struggles this season. The fourth year pro out of Michigan State has made a name for himself this season, averaging a career high 9.3 points per game off the Lakers' bench.

    There is a consensus that Brown has the talent to start for many teams around the league. Unfortunately for him, he is blocked out of the shooting guard role in L.A. by one of the greatest Lakers in history, Kobe Bryant.

    With the Lakers struggling, and no real way for them to get him more consistent minutes, the best thing for the Lakers to do is trade him away to fill another hole on their roster.

7. The Lakers Play-Style

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Shannon Brown #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a dunk against the Utah Jazz in the second half at Staples Center on January 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Jazz 120-91. NOTE TO USER: Use
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    Brown is not a great fit for the triangle offense run by Phil Jackson. He is more of an up-tempo fast break player, who excels on the run.

    Brown has developed a nice jump shot, but could never be the scoring option like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant that seems necessary to succeed in running the triangle.

    Brown on an up-tempo team like the New Orleans Hornets or New York Knicks would be scary.

6. Devin Ebanks

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07:  Devin Ebanks (L) #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers chats with his teammate Derek Fisher #2 during the NBA Europe Live match between Los Angeles Lakers and Regal FC Barcelona at the at Palau Blaugrana on October 7, 2010 in Barcel
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    Ebanks was a second round draft pick by the Lakers last season and is currently playing only six minutes per game. His teammates have compared him to now-departed Trevor Ariza because he is long and athletic.

    If the Lakers were to get rid of Brown or Artest, Ebanks could finally take over the role of the energy guy off of the bench and the Lakers will finally find out what they really have in him. 

5. The Lakers Still Need Depth Upfront

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket past Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half at Staples Center on January 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    Andrew Bynum is one of the biggest injury concerns in the NBA every year. Even after acquiring Theo Ratliff this offseason and adding Joe Smith earlier this year, the Lakers are still very thin up front if Bynum were to go down again.

    Trading Brown could net the Lakers a quality big man that would ease their concerns with Bynum, while allowing them to play bigger more often by using Lamar Odom at the wing occasionally. 

4. The Large Return

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 05:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars shoots a technical free throw during a game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center January 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. BYU won 89-77.  (Photo by Ethan
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    It has been a long time since the Lakers had a lottery pick. Shannon Brown's value is so high right now that the return for trading him could be great. If the Lakers could land a veteran contributor along with a middle of the first round pick, it would be hard for them to pass up.

    Derek Fisher is clearly on the decline and a draft pick could be just what they need to land their point guard of the future. Players expected to be in this draft range include Jimmer Fredette and Demetri McCamey.

3. The Lakers Want To Rid Themselve Of Ron Artest

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets is fouled by Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ack
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    It seems the Lakers have grown tired of Ron Artest, but because of the length of his contract they are having trouble moving him.

    The easiest way to rid themselves of Artest would be to include him in a deal with Shannon Brown, who many teams desire. If they could acquire a new starting small forward, this deal it would work out perfectly.

    Starting and playing Artest major minutes is hindering the Laker's progress in attaining their third straight championship.

2. Other Contenders Are Making Moves

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets looks on as he warms up for the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. NOTE TO USE
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    The Lakers cannot stand pat and hope to turn it on in the NBA Playoffs again. Another team, like the Orlando Magic or maybe the Dallas Mavericks, are going to land Carmelo Anthony's services for the rest of the year.

    The Lakers need to do something to get to and stay atop the Western Conference.

    They had a strong showing against the Spurs last week, but came up short due to a Antonio McDyess tip in at the buzzer. The Lakers must do something if they have hopes of another three-peat and trading Brown seems to be their best option.

1. His Minutes Are Capped By Kobe

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his defense during a stop in play against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Staples Center on February 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    Brown is currently averaging 18.8 minutes per game, down from over 20 per last season. It is hard to increase his minutes because he plays the exact same position as Kobe Bryant, the Laker's best player. To play Brown more they would have to sit Kobe more which is just not going to happen.

    There had been talk of converting him to point guard over the years, but because he doesn't quite have the skill set for it, these rumors have dissipated.

    This is the biggest reason that what the Lakers could get for Brown will be much more valuable than he is.

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