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Shannon Brown opting out of contract, but hopes to re-sign with Lakers

June 30, 2010 | 12:46 pm

Lakers guard Shannon Brown informed the Lakers on Wednesday that he is officially opting out of his contract, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein.

Bartelstein said Brown still wants to remain a Laker and that he and Brown would begin negotiating with the team Wednesday night after free agency begins at 9:01 p.m. Pacific time.

Brown signed two-year deal a year ago worth $4.14 million, and was due to earn $2.1 million this upcoming season.

But Brown is hoping to reach a new, multi-year contract with the Lakers. "He's going to become a free agent, but wants to remain with the Lakers," Bartelstein said.

-- Broderick Turner