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Shannon Brown, Much More Than A Throw In

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When the Lakers traded Vladimir Radmanovic to the Charlotte Bobcats in February 2009, the primary goal of the move was salary relief. The secondary goal, at least to me, was adding Adam Morrison, who could have been a much-needed outside threat.

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I never thought much of Shannon Brown, but he ended up being far and away the key to the deal. Brown was the classic “energy guy” off the bench, filling in capably at both guard spots. As expected, Brown is going to opt out of the final year of his contract, per Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

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“My guess is he’s probably going to become a free agent,” [agent Mark] Bartelstein said.

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Brown signed the two-year, “biannual exception” last year with the Lakers. He made $1.990 million last season and was due to make $2.149 million next season.

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The Lakers own his “early bird” rights and could sign him for up to five years and as high as the mid-level exception; the current mid-level exception pays $5.8 million in the first year.

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There is still a chance Brown will be back with the Lakers, but it seems like he is trying to strike while the fire is hot. If anything, I will remember Brown for the dunks. Oh, those dunks:

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Now, about that slam dunk contest showing…