Smart but greedy move from Shannon!
Fan House: Shannon Brown said it would “make a lot of sense” to opt out of his contract this summer due to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement soon to expire. But the Lakers guard will reserve any final judgment until after the playoffs.
Brown last summer signed a two-year, $4.148 million deal using the biannual exception. He’s making $1.99 million this season and has a player option worth $2.149 million for next season.
The general assumption is that Brown will opt out and seek a new deal because it remains to be seen what the NBA landscape will be when the current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, 2011, and there could be a lockout. So is the assumption correct it would make sense for Brown to opt out?
“It would definitely make a lot of sense with how my contract is,” Brown said in an interview with FanHouse before Saturday’s Game 4 of a West first-round series against Oklahoma City. “It would make a lot of sense. But I’m going to play the rest of these games out and then think about it then.”
One thing is for sure. Brown, who said his contract situation is in “the back of my mind,” said he wants to remain next season with the Lakers.
“Oh yeah,” he said. “I don’t want to go nowhere. I definitely want to stay here.”