Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lakers Free Agency: Shannon Brown Accepts Two Year Offer for $4.2 Million

It looks like the Los Angeles Lakers are making all the right decisions this offseason. They may have missed out on the Trevor Ariza sweepstakes, but adding Ron Artest and keeping guard Shannon Brown it without a doubt a step in the right direction.

Now Shannon Brown isn't a huge piece to the puzzle in LA, but he can definitely be key next season as he continues to develop and become more familiar with the Lakers triangle offense.

The terms of Brown's new deal with the Lakers will have the young guard making $4.2 million over the next two seasons.

If the Lakers have any position in doubt over the next few years it will be at the point guard position. Derek Fisher isn't getting any younger, Jordan Farmar seems to have fallen out of favor with Phil Jackson and Shannon Brown seems more like a two guard instead of a true point guard.

When the draft came along I thought the Lakers would have addressed this problem by drafting another UCLA guard in Darren Collison, but in somewhat of a smart move the Lakers sold their first round pick to the New York Knicks to save some money to sign players like Lamar Odom, Ron Artest and now Shannon Brown not to mention have enough money to keep Kobe Bryant.

So even though this isn't a huge signing for the Lakers, keeping Brown in LA was definitely a smart move and could pay off over the next two seasons.

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