Posted by Royce Young
According to Chris Tomasson of FanHouse , Shannon Brown will indeed be returning to the Lakers. He's set to sign a two-year, $4.6 million contract, with the second year being a player option.
As Tomasson noted, Brown opted out of $2.149M and got $2.2M. The Lakers played hardball, which they can do because they're the Lakers. But with a player option, Brown can do this all over again next summer if he wants.
Brown is just 24 and was a productive player off the bench for the Lakers last season. In 20.7 minutes a game, he averaged 8.1 points per game and 1.3 assists. And that was in splitting some time with Jordan Farmar.
Now Farmar's gone to New Jersey, but the Lakers still brought in another point guard in Steve Blake to play behind Derek Fisher. The reasoning is likely because Brown isn't your traditional backup point guard. He likes to score and shoot and really looks to pass third or fourth behind shooting, jumping and jumping really high.
Brown was rumored to be going to both New York and Chicago at different points, but eventually stayed with the Lakers. He makes the Laker bench that much stronger and having a third point guard that can also slide over and play a little shooting guard is a valauble thing.