What Signing Shannon Brown Means For Los Angeles Lakers, Tracy McGrady

Shannon Brown signed a new two-year contract to continue his career with the Los Angeles Lakers last night.

Earlier in the summer, Brown opted out of his contract with the Lakers because he was receiving $2.15 million for the upcoming season.

However, Brown has decided to stay with the purple and gold for the next two years, which brings him an estimated $4.6 million for the duration of his contract.

This came as a surprise to many. Brown was in serious talks with teams such as the New York Knicks and New Orleans Hornets, who were willing to offer him the pay he was looking for.

After two NBA championship victories with the Los Angeles Lakers in the past two years, it's apparent winning is most important to Brown.

Brown is willing to accept a slight raise and return to the Lakers for a chance at his third championship ring in three years.

One of the high-flying players in the NBA, Brown brings excitement and a burst of energy off the bench.

He has much potential that the Lakers recognized after Brown had statistically his best season as a professional last year.

Brown averaged 8.1 points and 1.3 assists per game during the regular season and played in all 82 games for the Lakers, with an average of 20.7 minutes per game. 

With Brown back on board, the Los Angeles Lakers have perhaps an even more talented roster than last season.

New incoming player Matt Barnes brings another option for the Lakers off the bench who is capable of keeping a game under control while players like Ron Artest and Lamar Odom take a rest.

Last season, Barnes averaged 8.5 points, and added almost six rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

It will be easy to say that Barnes is probably relieved to be playing with Kobe Bryant, instead of trying to defend him every time the Lakers and the Magic matched up last se...

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