Shannon Brown’s Return: End of Free Agency for the LA Lakers?

Reports have recently surfaced that Shannon Brown and the Los Angeles Lakers are finally close to an agreement, and if this is true, the Lakers' roster for the 2010-11 season would appear to be set.

Brown was the final offseason priority for general manager Mitch Kupchak, and his signing should bring an end to any thoughts of adding Tracy McGrady to the Lakers' roster.

Brown's future had been the topic of much speculation over the past couple of weeks, and due to the lengthy negotiations, some observers wondered if a deal would be reached at all.

If the rumors are true, the Lakers can declare this offseason a rousing success, and they would enter next season deeper and more talented than at any other point during the Phil Jackson era.

Assuming rookies Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, the Lakers have a unique blend of size, strength, quickness, and arguably the top two players at their respective positions in Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

Re-signing Brown was key for the Lakers because he serves as the most reliable back-up to Bryant at the shooting guard position, and although Sasha Vujacic remains an option, Brown brings more energy and athleticism to the position.

Brown has always been a favorite in the eyes of most Lakers' fans, and this season presents an opportunity for him to show his game has advanced past his array of jaw-dropping dunks.

Brown has the potential to be a great defensive player for the Lakers, and this is the area of his game that must show the most progression, because the Lakers have adopted a defensive mind-set for next season.

The recent acquisitions of Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff were made with defense in mind, and the Lakers who were among the league's best defensive teams a season ago, could be even better.

Brown will join Barnes, Bryant, and Ron Artest in what should be one of the NBA's top perimeter defensive units. He can also...

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