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Los Angeles Lakers guardÂ Shannon Brown will not exercise the option in his contract to remain with the team next season and will test the waters as an unrestricted free agent.
Brown, 25, informed the Lakers on Thursday, the last possible day with the June 30 deadline, that he would not be accepting their guaranteed deal worth approximately $2.4 million that was on the table. After playing for four teams through the first five years of his career, Brown is seeking a multiyear deal through free agency.
“Today we did what we had to do to increase my chances of getting better in the NBA,” Brown said in a phone interview.
Brown, who blossomed as a player in his 2Â½ seasons with the Lakers, winning two championships and averaging a career-high 8.7 points per game in 2010-11, said he struggled with the decision.
“I had to weigh every option,” Brown said. “It was on my mind every day.”
Brown said his agent, Mark Bartelstein, has been contacted by “several” teams with interest in the 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard’s services. The pair also “did the homework,” according to Brown, and surveyed the league’s other 29 rosters to determine where he could be a fit.
WRITTEN BYÂ Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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