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NBA draft: Mitch Kupchak doesn't expect Shannon Brown to exercise option

June 23, 2011 |  6:23 pm


With only a week remaining before the current collective bargaining agreement expires, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said guard Shannon Brown still hasn't exercised his $2.37-million option to return next season.

"My guess, and it's only a guess, is he will choose not to extend one more year," Kupchak said during the NBA draft at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. "Not knowing the answer to that at this time, we're probably going to look to add a player to our backcourt."

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Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown tries to split the defense of Denver's Raymond Felton (20) and Ty Lawson during a game last season. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times