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Lakers expect to sign Brown, do sign Ratliff

Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 5:57 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Lakers are actively working to finish filling out their roster. As it stands, the Lakers have 11 players under contract for 2010-11 after signing Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff late Thursday. Of course they are expected to finish deals on second-round picks Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter as well, meaning the roster will meet the requirement of 13.

But what about Shannon Brown? He's reportedly shopped around a bit, with his name popping up in places like Charlotte and Chicago. But it appears the Lakers will re-sign him. Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register reports general manager Mitch Kupchak indicated Brown would be re-signed in the coming weeks.

With Jordan Farmar signing with the Nets, Brown has some pretty good value for the Lakers. He's a reliable point guard that can score and run an offense for a limited amount of time. Plus, he jumps really, really high.

Another thing Ding notes is that the Barnes signing was more for insurance on Luke Walton because Walton's back may cause him to miss all of, or at least most of next season.


Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2010 12:58 am

Lakers expect to sign Brown, do sign Ratliff

If Barnes is insurance for Walton, that is interesting, since the two players bring entirely different skill sets to the table. Walton is a reliable three-point threat if he has time to set his feet, a superb passer with total command of the triangle and a below-average defender. Barnes is a streaky shooter who can get on hot or cold streaks of immense proportions, an excellent defender and a below-average passer. I love the Barnes signing since he gives the Lakers the defender at that small forward position who can spell Artest and not be a major drop in defensive ability. However, he lacks Walton's instincts for ball movement and that could be a big problem in the triangle. Barnes is reputed to be a pretty smart guy though, so we can hope he will pick up enough of it to be able to give the Lakers some valuable minutes off the bench.

Brown is a guy who gives LA an experienced and uber-athletic guard who also has an awesome attitude by all reports. He also knows the triangle, works well with the core players in spot duty and gives LA the one guy who can really get out and run if he needs to. Not to mention the highlight-reel dunks! I hope they do bring him back - I don't think they're going to find better value elsewhere than what Brown brings to the table. Ratliff is an upgrade over D.J. Mbenga, since he is a slightly better scorer and a solid defender and rebounder at the center spot. Overall, the Lakers have made some excellent moves to shore up their bench, which has been an area of weakness for the past couple of seasons. On paper this all looks great. Now we have to wait to see if the moves pay off on the court. 

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 7:08 pm

Lakers expect to sign Brown, do sign Ratliff

dang i didn't know bad backs were heridetery....

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 6:07 pm

Lakers expect to sign Brown, do sign Ratliff

I would completely understand if Brown were to sign with another team for more money. He is young, athletic, and has wonderful potential, and he probably would be able to start for a lot of teams. But I sure do hope he comes back with the Lakers. Right now, it appears that he is not getting the big money he had hoped for. If he stays with the Lakers he could possible increase his value even more for his next contract considering the fact that the Lakers are such a popular team and many of their games are nationally televised. This exposure for him could be profitable in the future if he performs at the high level he is capable of.

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