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Lakers reach out to free-agent Shannon Brown

November 30, 2011 | 12:18 pm

ShbrownThe Lakers made contact Wednesday with the representative for free-agent guard Shannon Brown on the first day NBA teams could talk to agents.

Brown has been the main backup to Kobe Bryant in recent seasons. Brown opted out of a contract that would have paid him $2.37 million this season; he made $2.15 million last season with the Lakers.

"We talked about Shannon but it's a little early to see where it goes," agent Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday.

Brown, who turned 26 on Tuesday, averaged 8.7 points and 19.1 minutes last season, his third with the Lakers.

The Lakers have only one free-agent tool, the "mini mid-level" for three years and $9.4 million, but they wouldn't have to use it to re-sign Brown.

Teams are allowed to talk to players' agents but can't reach verbal or written agreements until Dec. 9, when training camps are scheduled to open. The Lakers begin the season Dec. 25.

The NBA collective-bargaining agreement is expected to be ratified next week by a majority vote of 450-plus players and 30 owners.


Kupchak confident as Lakers get back to work.

Lakers may be at disadvantage bidding for amnesty players.

NBA free agency frenzy will be caused more by time than talent. 


--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Shannon Brown in a Lakers game in November, 2010. Los Angeles Times / Luis Sinco.