Quick-hit thoughts on Lakers' off-season movement
On Lakers assistant Brian Shaw withdrawing his name from Cleveland coaching position
Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, told The Times' Broderick Turner that Shaw declined interest in the Cavaliers' vacant head coaching position because "the process was moving too fast for Shaw to make a decision." It's uncertain whether Phil Jackson has changed his stance on that he's leaning toward retirement, but the two variables are certainly connected. We just don't know how.
Turner reports that Shaw may remain a candidate to replace Jackson if he retires, and that he'd probably stay as an assistant should Jackson return. Although Lakers fans surely want Jackson to stick around, it's comforting for the Lakers at least to consider Shaw as a replacement, whose potential hire would help ease the transition phase since he knows the players and the system. Having him stick around with his current assistant position assuming Jackson stays at least relieves the Lakers from having to hire another assistant.
On Jordan Farmar becoming a restricted free agent
It seemed surprising to read the report from The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Turner that said the Lakers were considering giving Farmar a one-year, $3-million offer considering how obvious Farmar made it seem in his exit interview that he's leaving.
But the Lakers soon decided otherwise, meaning Farmar becomes an unrestricted free agent. If the Lakers had given Farmar a deal, he would have remained a restricted free agent and the team would have had the rights to match any offer sheet Farmar signed with another team. The Lakers' move seems to be a win-win situation for both. The Lakers believe veteran guard Derek Fisher is a more valuable presence, while Farmar believes he'd thrive under an up-tempo offense better than under the triangle.
On Shannon Brown opting out of his contract
Lakers fans shouldn't think this move means Brown doesn't want to be with the Lakers. In fact, it's the complete opposite, as Brown's agent Mark Bartelstein told The Times' Turner that he's hoping to reach a new, multi-year contract. Brown, due to earn $2.1 million next season, mentioned during his exit interview that he'd want to stay with the Lakers, but made it clear he's worried about his long-term future. He's been on four teams in four years and he'd like some stability.
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Photo: With free agency just beginning at 9:01 p.m. Thursday, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak has already made a few off-season moves. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times