Shannon Brown to sign two-year deal with Lakers
"Obviously, the process took a while, but Shannon wanted to be here and they wanted him," Bartelstein said. "Shannon had a number of other opportunities out there, but he had been in L.A. for two years and they won two championships. The chance to go for a three-peat is very special to him."
Bartelstein said Brown was in "serious talks" with about half a dozen teams throughout the summer, and that he could have made more money elsewhere, but that the allure of a third straight title was too much.
The athletic, high-flying dunker averaged career highs in points (8.1), rebounds (2.3), assists (1.3) and minutes (20.7) last season.
He had opted out of a contract that would pay him $2.1 million next season, the second year of his previous deal with the team. The Lakers like his potential and own his "Early Bird rights," meaning they could have paid him about $5.5 million in the first season of a new contract.
Brown's new deal includes a player option in the second year.
-- Baxter Holmes
Photo: Shannon Brown dunks during the third quarter of game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 15. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times