HoopsHype Shannon Brown rumors

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Bartelstein said Sunday that Hornets general manager Dell Demps – who could not be reached for comment – has also inquired about two of Bartenstein's other clients, shooting guards Shannon Brown and Nick Young. Young is a restricted free agent, meaning his current team, the Washington Wizards, could match an offer sheet he signed with another club. Brown is an unrestricted free agent, though the Lakers have retained his rights with a qualifying offer, meaning they could also match any offer Brown received through free agency. New Orleans Times-Picayune

When Mark Bartelstein is asked how many teams have reached out for his client, unrestricted free agent guard Shannon Brown, the veteran agent simply stated "a lot.'' That's understandable as the former Los Angeles Lakers guard is one of the more appealing shooting guards in free agency. While having played mostly behind Kobe Bryant, the 26-year-old Brown flashed signs of being a top-notch player last season. He appeared in all 82 games, averaging 8.7 points in 19.1 minutes. On two occasions, the 6-4 Brown scored 21 points, once against the Bucks at the Bradley Center last November. Racine Journal-Times

Mark Bartelstein, Brown's agent, acknowledged Saturday that the shooting guard's priorities may have changed heading into his sixth NBA season. "We're certainly not ruling it out," Bartelstein said of returning to the Lakers, "but he's also at a point in his career where he's maybe ready to take the next step in terms of playing time and with Kobe [Bryant] there that's going to be hard." Los Angeles Times

December 3, 2011 Updates

At the end of each of the three seasons since he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers from the Charlotte Bobcats in February 2009, Shannon Brown has become a free agent. The last two times it's happened, Brown ended up re-signing with the Lakers. His decision to stay paid off with a championship in 2009-10 and a career year in 2010- 11, when Brown averaged a personal-best 8.7 points a game. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak does not believe he'll be able to get the 6-foot-4, 210-pound shooting guard to come back in the fold this time around, however. "We've been in touch with Shannon Brown's representatives," Kupchak said during a news conference Friday. "... I would think that this year he would look for, and he would probably get, a package financially that's much more attractive than we can offer under the present rules. I don't know where it's going to play out or how it's going to play out, but that would be my guess." ESPN.com

Bartelstein said there were "a bunch" of teams that have expressed interest in his client. Brown declined to identify any of the other suitors by name. "I choose not to say nothing at this point because I don't want to start a frenzy of false rumors and false thoughts," Brown said. "We haven't gotten into the negotiation process as deep as we want to thus far. When everything starts to come together a little bit, I'll be able to speak on it a little bit better." Bartelstein would not shut the door completely on the possibility of Brown returning to the Lakers. "We're just going to see what happens," Bartelstein said. "I don't want to characterize it in any particular way yet. We're going to take it a day at a time and see what happens. We'll see where it goes." ESPN.com

The Celtics also have had conversations about Lakers swingman Shannon Brown, Bobcats center Kwame Brown, and former Celtic Marquis Daniels, whose season was cut short when he suffered a bruised spinal cord in a Feb. 6 collision with Magic guard Gilbert Arenas. “It’s something we’re talking about,’’ said agent Mark Bartelstein, who represents all three. “We’re having conversations. Nothing’s been decided yet. We’ll kind of see what happens here over the next couple days. Boston Globe

November 30, 2011 Updates

It remains unclear how the Lakers' roster will look now up through their season opener Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers have plenty of unsigned players, including Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff. They can exercise the so-called amnesty clause by shedding ties with Metta World Peace (three years, $21.5 million) or Luke Walton (two years, $11.46 million). Free agency beginning on Dec. 9 will also contribute to the frantic environment leading to opening day. Still, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Mike Bresnahan that both rookies Darius Morris and Goudelock "probably deserve a chance to be looked at, and [they] have promise." Los Angeles Times

The Lakers made contact Wednesday with the representative for free-agent guard Shannon Brown on the first day NBA teams could talk to agents. Brown has been the main backup to Kobe Bryant in recent seasons. Brown opted out of a contract that would have paid him $2.37 million this season; he made $2.15 million last season with the Lakers. "We talked about Shannon but it's a little early to see where it goes," agent Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday. Los Angeles Times

The Lakers have only one free-agent tool, the "mini mid-level" for three years and $9.4 million, but they wouldn't have to use it to re-sign Brown. Los Angeles Times

November 16, 2011 Updates

Lakers guard Steve Blake told team player representative Shannon Brown prior to Monday's meeting that he was in favor of accepting a deal that would have included a 50-50 split of basketball related income and still allowed for a 72-game season if approved by the union this week. "I spoke to (Blake) and he was one of the guys who wanted to take the deal," Brown said in a phone interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com on Tuesday. "I respect his opinion. I didn't try to sway it. I gave him the advantages and the disadvantages of taking the deal and not taking the deal. Going into the meeting, I understood that he was one of those people that were for taking the deal. "I'm not going to say that everybody was for not taking the deal, but I can say it was a majority that was for (turning it down). I can say that much." ESPN.com

Blake disagreed with Brown's assessment of his stance on the last deal offered by the owners and issued a statement to ESPNLosAngeles.com on Tuesday evening. "It has been my goal, throughout my career and even more so during the lockout to be a responsible and active member of our Players Association," Blake wrote. "With that said, many of the reports published have been inaccurate. I have actively had conversations with my teammates, Player Representatives and the Executive Committee over the past weeks and months about the status of the negotiations and proposals. My stance is simply to make sure we weigh all proposals. I have not made a decision on whether or not a proposal was right to take, just simply encouraging all of our players and representatives to review everything carefully and then make the appropriate choices as a collective body." ESPN.com

Brown said that the players' association was vigilant in sending out a steady stream of emails to its constituents as developments in negotiations occurred. He said he knew of player reps trying to reach out to their teammates only to find the phone number they were provided with had been changed or disconnected. "It wasn't like things were done behind anybody's back," Brown said. "Everybody knew and know what's going on at all times because the letters that were sent out." ESPN.com

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