The Phoenix Suns have (reportedly) come to terms with former Laker guard, Shannon Brown. The deal is reported to be for one year and $3.5 million. Brown is an extremely athletic 6-4 combo guard who has five years experience in the NBA.
Here's the quickly evolving sequence of reports on Brown:
Twitter / @Chris_Broussard:
Shannon Brown in serious talks with Phoenix, says Brown's agent Mark Bartelstein. Not done yet but close. Likely tomorrow.
Twitter / @WojYahooNBA:
Shannon Brown will sign a one year, $3.5 million deal with the Suns, league sources tell Y! Sports.
Twitter / @paulcoro:
The Suns will sign guard Shannon Brown to a one-year, $3.5M contract, as @WojYahooNBA has reported. He will join the Suns tomorrow
Brown was the 25th overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2006 out of Michigan State. He bounced around in trades from the Cavs to the Bulls to the Bobcats before eventually landing with the Lakers in 2009. Current Suns GM Lance Blanks was part of the Cavs front office that evaluated and drafted Brown.
Brown is a career 34 percent shooter from behind the arc and 42.3 percent from two. As was discussed on the first episode of Sunscast podcast, Shannon started to show flashes of turning into a more well-rounded basketball player early last year with the Lakers but then regressed back to being a player who made poor decisions on the court.
At 25, he has the opportunity to come to Phoenix and continue working on his game. The deal is good for the Suns since it both fills the need for wing scoring and athleticism without tying up a lot of salary or impacting the teams plans for 2012. It's a good opportunity for Brown to play in a different system with a distributor like Nash who tends to make his teammates a lot better.
We'll see if Brown can continue the process of becoming a better basketball player and earn himself a better contract next year. In the mean time, he will be good for several big dunks like these:
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