L.A. Lakers: What Shannon Brown’s Opt-out Means for Them

Shannon Brown has opted out of his contract and will test the free agency market once the NBA, by the grace of compromise and negotiation, can lock in with a new collective bargaining agreement and resume business as usual.

Brown's agent, Mark Bartelstein, will tell you that yes, Shannon Brown will be a free agent, but wants to remain with the Lakers.  But what if that doesn't happen?  What if Kobe Bryant's primary back-up moves on to another team for more playing time and more money?  How will this affect the Lakers?

Let's analyze the impact Brown's opt out may have on the Lakers moving forward.

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