Yesterday, a former member of the purple and gold was traded.
Shannon Brown was sent in a package deal from Phoenix to Washington, however, he’s expected to never actually play a game for the Wizards: the deal was more about Washington landing Marcin Gortat from the Suns, with Phoenix receiving a 2014 first-round pick.
With Brown set to become a free agent once again, many Laker fans were hoping that the two-time champion would return to Los Angeles.
Well, according to Steve Kyler from HoopsWorld, they may get their wish. Kyler reports that Brown is “headed back to the Lakers”:
Brown is still young – he turns 28 in a matter of weeks – and his athleticism and three-point shooting makes him a perfect fit for Mike D’Antoni’s system.
However, the Lakers’ roster is currently at the league maximum of 15 after they waived Marcus Landry last night. Would the Lakers be willing to cut another player with a non-guaranteed contract? Elias Harris, Ryan Kelly, Shawne Williams and Xavier Henry are the four remaining players with non-guaranteed deals.
There’s also the issue of whether there’s enough minutes at the shooting guard position for Brown to get enough court time: Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry are all players who are capable of playing the two guard, and when Kobe Bryant returns from injury that list will get longer.
It’s worth noting, though, that Bryant is expected to play a lot of small forward this year, so maybe Brown could compete for that back-up two spot.
Watch this space.