Shannon Brown Opts out of Contract, Will Still Consider Lakers

According to a Tweet that appeared in the feed of Los Angeles Times reporter Brad Turner, Lakers’ backup guard Shannon Brown will exercise his player option and opt out of his contract with the Lakers, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Brown signed a two year contract with the Lakers last summer, with the second year being a player option for Brown. Brown, who started off the 2010-11 season well, struggled in the second half of the season and was a member of the Lakers’ bench that was heavily outplayed by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Although no possible destinations have been linked to Brown, he is reportedly still considering a return to the Lakers, with whom he has won two NBA championships with in two and a half seasons with the franchise.

Brown averaged just over eight points per game with the Lakers in 2010-11, while playing in all 82 regular season and all 10 postseason games.

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