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If Shannon Brown Departs, Who Can the Lakers Replace Him With? Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers acquired Shannon Brown in February 2009 in a trade that sent F Vladimir Radmonivic to Charlotte for Brown and Adam Morrison. The Lakers didn't expect The Lakers acquired Shannon Brown in February 2009 in a trade that sent F Vladimir Radmonivic to Charlotte for Brown and Adam Morrison. The Lakers didn't expect Rating:
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If Shannon Brown Departs, Who Can the Lakers Replace Him With?

The Lakers acquired Shannon Brown in February 2009 in a trade that sent F Vladimir Radmonivic to Charlotte for Brown and Adam Morrison. The Lakers didn’t expect to get too much out of this trade, other than to bolster up the depth of their bench, and to get rid of a player who Phil Jackson often referred to as a “space cadet”.

In his two and a half years as a Laker, Brown has proved to be much more than just a “throw-in” for any trade. He has provided the purple and gold with a solid scoring punch off the bench, momentum changing highlight dunks that bring both home and away crowds to their feet, and Brown was a fantastic locker room presence.

With all the positive aspects of Brown’s game, there are some negatives. Brown lacked consistency in his scoring, some games he was on, some games he was off, big time. A lot of times he seemed to be aloof on the defensive end, he consistently missed defensive assignments. Shot selection was also a big problem for Brown, his tendency to take shots outside the offense often forced Phil Jackson to sub him out just as fast as he subbed him in.

With all that said, Brown has the opportunity to opt out of his current contract, and test the free agent waters, or he can pick up his player option which will pay him $2.4 million next season. The Laker brass expects Brown to opt out and check what other teams are willing to offer him, which leaves the purple and gold with a big hole on the bench. There are some free agents available that could fill Brown’s shoes, and even exceed what he brought to the table. Here is a breakdown of some realistic replacements for Brown at the backup two guard:

(Player – 2010-’11 team – Restricted/Unrestricted – 2010-’11 salary)

Anthony Parker – Cleveland Cavaliers – Unrestricted – $2.9 million
Parker could be a very good fit with the Lakers. He is familiar with coach Mike Brown, and the system that he likes to run, and he is a knock down three-point shooter which is a desperate need for the purple and gold.  Another positive is Parker had a down year in 2010-’11 which may lower the price it takes to get him. Like Brown, Parker struggles defensively and lacks the freakish athleticism that Brown wowed us with nearly every game. If playing for the Lakers isn’t incentive enough, Parker’s sister, Candace, plays for the L.A. Sparks which may give him even more reason to suit up for the Lakers.

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  • Twessling514

    Battier! Or Thorton! If we can teach him some defense.

  • Twessling514

    Battier! Or Thorton! If we can teach him some defense.

  • Twessling514

    Battier! Or Thorton! If we can teach him some defense.

  • Docamir

    Lets go for JR Smith!

  • Docamir

    Lets go for JR Smith!

  • Docamir

    Lets go for JR Smith!

  • http://twitter.com/ShinkenZan Brent Tuanquin

    Battier and Parker.

    Do a list of backup Cs and PGs, we can get too.

  • http://twitter.com/ShinkenZan Brent Tuanquin

    Battier and Parker.

    Do a list of backup Cs and PGs, we can get too.

  • http://twitter.com/ShinkenZan Brent Tuanquin

    Battier and Parker.

    Do a list of backup Cs and PGs, we can get too.

  • http://twitter.com/ShinkenZan Brent Tuanquin

    Battier and Parker.

    Do a list of backup Cs and PGs, we can get too.

  • http://twitter.com/ShinkenZan Brent Tuanquin

    Battier and Parker.

    Do a list of backup Cs and PGs, we can get too.

  • http://twitter.com/ShinkenZan Brent Tuanquin

    Battier and Parker.

    Do a list of backup Cs and PGs, we can get too.

  • http://twitter.com/ShinkenZan Brent Tuanquin

    Battier and Parker.

    Do a list of backup Cs and PGs, we can get too.

  • http://twitter.com/smeagle24 jeremy

    let just give the rookie a chance why use money for other guys. let worry about PG not a back for SG

  • http://twitter.com/smeagle24 jeremy

    let just give the rookie a chance why use money for other guys. let worry about PG not a back for SG

  • http://www.facebook.com/shea.davis2 Austin Davis

    roger mason would be nice
     

  • Kevin Cruiser

    i’d say no to Sasha and Delonte West (injuries/attitude problems)

    How about Rodney Stuckey? He’s a restricted free agent this year but he might be out of the Laker’s price range at $3.8 million+.

  • Kevin Cruiser

    i’d say no to Sasha and Delonte West (injuries/attitude problems)

    How about Rodney Stuckey? He’s a restricted free agent this year but he might be out of the Laker’s price range at $3.8 million+.

  • Ctessgo

    Mason or Thornton would be a welcome addition to the Lakers!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKZ4FE7TLVOENNAGNIHKM5BITI John

    Anthony Parker – He’s 36! enough said.

    Roger Mason Jr – I really like his game and he’s a great 3 point shooter but i think he’s past the point of being able to produce anything of worth at this point.

    Sasha Vujacic – HAHHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Yeah and while were at it let’s extend luke walton’s contract for another six years, Nooooo… NO.

    Marcus Thorton – Now we’re talking though he might be really tough to get him some other teams with cap space might offer considerably more.

    Delonte West – The second coming of metta world peace, yeah i’m gonna have to pass.

    Shane Battier – The Lakers already have solid defenders in Kobe, Bynum, Lamar, Pau, Ron, hell
    even Barnes and while i’ll admit that battier is problem a much better defender than any of aformentioned what the lakers need are shooters not defenders.

    My preffered choices would be:

    J.R. Smith – Sixth man qualiies can you image him and odom running the bench

    Jamal Crawford – The man can straight up shoot

    Mike Dunleavy Jr – He’s unrestricted, on the wrong side of 30, is on the decline, maybe it’s time to take the minimum in order to win a ring.

    Michael Redd – See Mike Dunleavy Jr

    Tracy McGrady – Well he’s not exactly my first choice but he’s worth taking a look, he played well enough with detroit, he’s had time to heal up. I say try to squeeze out what possible little game he has left like miami did with shaq in hopes that he can provide the scoring the lakers will need.

  • Louiejrt3

    Jr smith volume scorer , odom  getting rebounds and dishing dimes , Andrew Goudeloc raining 3′S , barnes with high energy and hustle plays and darius morris tru point guard thats a real good bench pick up JR smith

  • Lex87author

    Definitely Shane Battier if he can be had, I’ve always respected his game and the way he studies to prepare for guys he has to defend is impressive. Plus then we’d have the two guys who have given Kobe trouble over the years on our team :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Good.Look22 Michael Good Look Kusinski

    JR SMITH nuff said

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