Los Angeles Lakers Offseason: Shannon Brown Returns To Lakers With A Two-Year Contract

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Lakers Re-Sign Shannon Brown To Two-Year Deal

Free-agent combo guard Shannon Brown is returning to the L.A. Lakers on a two-year deal worth $4.6 million, reports Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse. Brown opted out of his contract with the Lakers, which would have paid him $2.1 million this season, earlier this summer, hoping to secure more money in free-agency. He’s done that by signing this deal, which will pay him $2.2 million this season; the second year, worth $2.4 million, is a player option. Here’s what Mark Bartelstein, his agent, told Tomasson about the deal:

“The lure of the Lakers was too great,‘’ said Bartelstein, whose client had been looked at strongly by New York. "He didn’t want to look back and not have the chance to go for a third straight championship.’’

The electrifying high-flyer averaged 8.1 points and 20.7 minutes per game last season, both career-bests, while backing up Derek Fisher at point guard and Kobe Bryant at shooting guard. The Lakers initially acquired him from the Charlotte Bobcats the week before the trading deadline in 2009.

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Lakers Sign Barnes, Ratliff

The Lakers signed guard and UCLA alumnus Matt Barnes and center Theo Ratliff to contracts today, pushing their roster to 11 signed players. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported the Barnes deal was for two years, $3.6 million:

Barnes will likely sign the contract on Friday. The deal will pay him $1.7 million next season and give him a player option for $1.9 million in 2011-12.

Barnes confirmed the signing via Twitter on Thursday night:

Its official I AM A LOS ANGLES LAKER. I wanna thank u for all ur patients and understanding. This is a dream come true!!! Good lookn Kobe.

David Aldridge of NBA.com noted that Barnes, who averaged 8.8 points and 25.9 minutes per game with the Orlando Magic last season, will use up the remainder of the mid-level exception, the other $4 million going to Steve Blake. Aldridge also reported Ratliff signed for the veteran’s minimum of $1.35 million.

In a press release from the team, Ratliff was happy to join the two-time defending NBA champs:

"I’ve had a long and very rewarding career, and joining a storied and legendary franchise such as the Lakers adds an even more special element," Ratliff said. "I look forward to playing for Coach Jackson and with great players such as Kobe, Derek, Pau, Lamar, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum and all my other new teammates, and hopefully to helping the Lakers win a third straight championship."

The 37-year old Ratliff played 49 games last season, splitting time between Charlotte and San Antonio.

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