Shannon Brown to re-sign with Lakers
So reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Two years. 4.2 mil. Assuming these figures are reliable, I'd label the contract a "win-win" deal for both parties.
Shannon Brown gets the chance establish himself over the next couple of seasons, then sign a longer deal at the still-very-young age of (almost) 26. Or, should he enjoy a killer 2009-2010, exercise a player option and sign a longer deal at even younger age of (almost) 25. The Lakers get an extended, inexpensive look at an uber-athletic guard who flashed some nice potential during his short stint in L.A. It's a mite early to declare him the Derek Fisher's heir apparent for "starting point guard of the future"- SB is nothing if not raw- but he could emerge a valuable rotation player. At the very least, you can chalk this up as a victory for good attitude and a willingness to learn, traits of Shannon's that were deservedly praised since his February arrival. Not bad for the self described "throw in."
I'll try to track down some further confirmation, but for now, it appears we have some good news in Laker Land as "Lamar Odom Watch" continues. Well, it's good news for most people. BK and I, on the other hand, owe the kid 75 bucks apiece. Dude, everything is coming up "Shannon Brown" today.
(UPDATE: The Times' Broderick Turner has confirmation of the news from Brown's agent, Mark Bartelstein, who says SB turned down a more lucrative deal with the Pacers to remain a Laker.)