McGrady Is Fan Favorite For Lakers’ Spot; Brown is Likely Final Choice

The Lakers are getting close to making what is most likely their final signing of the off-season. What looked like an almost done deal several days ago to bring back guard Shannon Brown now looks like it has hit a snag. Negotiations have currently stalled with GM Mitch Kupchak unwilling to meet Brown's full asking price. He may be looking elsewhere.

It is quite likely that Kupchak feels the explosive Brown has underachieved in his time with the Lakers. Brown seems to still have trouble making decisions within Phil Jackson's triangle offense and his jump shooting has been spotty at times. If Brown's price is too high for the Lakers, who would be their most likely final free-agent signing?

6'7'' swingman free agent Matt Barnes had told his twitter followers Friday that he'd be informing them what 'surprise' team he was going to play with on Saturday , only to announce that he is postponing that decision for a few more days as several other teams had gotten involved in trying to sign him .

Barnes, a Los Angeles native, has also told friends that he would like to play for the Lakers. There have been several teams linked to Barnes including the Lakers, Heat, Magic and Celtics. The timing of Barnes postponing his decision corresponds to the time that the Lakers negotiations with Brown started dragging on. There is speculation that the Lakers could be one of the teams that Barnes referred to getting back in the negotiating mix, although it has been reported that the Cavaliers were in talks to sign Barnes.

Another intriguing free agent possibility that has kept creeping back into the conversation is 31 year old guard/forward Tracy McGrady. McGrady has drawn very little interest in free agency, much like fellow veteran players Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal. Like those players, attitude has played most of the part keeping teams away, but at age 31 he is still young enough to contribute if healthy.

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