Lakers.com has officially announced Shannon Brown opting out of his contract:
Lakers guard Shannon Brown has informed the team that he has elected not to exercise his option to extend his contract for the 2011-12 season, it was announced today. Brown, therefore, has become an unrestricted free agent.
Brown, who had a player option, could of signed back with the team for approximately $2.4 million next season.
According to ESPN LA, Brown did not rule out the possibility of returning to the Lakers with a new deal, but did not sound optimistic about that occurring. Brown mentioned that the Lakers picked two guards in the draft so he wasn’t sure about the possibility of coming back to the Lakers during free agency.
Playing 19 minutes per game in the 2010-11 season Brown posted a career-high 8.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.