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Kupchak 'optimistic' about re-signing Shannon Brown

July 23, 2010 | 12:04 pm
The Lakers have added veterans Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff this month.

Their next addition might be more familiar to Lakers fans.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he was optimistic that the Lakers would re-sign free-agent guard Shannon Brown.

"We’re still talking to Shannon," Kupchak said Friday. "I think there’s a good chance that in the next couple of weeks we can have some resolution with Shannon. I’m optimistic."

 Brown opted out of a contract that would have paid him $2.15 million next season.

Kupchak also said he had initiated talks with the agents for second-round picks Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, who played well for the Lakers' summer-league team. Neither player has a guaranteed contract as of now.

Earlier Friday, Derek Fisher spoke with media members for the first time since signing a three-year, $10.5-million contract to stay with the Lakers.

Fisher, who turns 36 in a couple of weeks, said he planned to be around for a while.

“I didn’t sign a three-year contract by accident,” Fisher said at his basketball camp, adding that he would “fully expect” to play through 2012-13.

Fisher also didn't seem concerned by the new look of the Miami Heat, even though the Lakers were not favored to win the championship in the eyes of Las Vegas oddsmakers.

“That’s fine," Fisher said. "That doesn’t change [anything] with us.”

-- Mike Bresnahan