The Phoenix Suns’ swing and a miss for Eric Gordon has resulted in the team re-signing shooting guard Shannon Brown, as KTAR’s John Gambadoro first reported.
Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the news to several NBA writers, including CBS’s Ken Berger. The deal is a $7 million contract for two years, and Paul Coro tweeted that only half of the second-year salary is guaranteed.
If true, the signing comes as a surprise, as Michael Schwartz pointed out in his season review of Brown. The fact that it’s a multi-year deal could possibly go against Phoenix’s promise it would be frugal and thoughtful when saving money this offseason for next, though the monetary size of the agreement could swing opinion either way.
Brown, who just finished a one-year deal with Phoenix, took more than half of a shortened, 66-game season to get comfortable in a system that at first looked promising considering that his light would always be green. He shot only 42 percent on the season, and that number could have been much worse had he not seen a rise in production while starting during Grant Hill’s injury.
Brown averaged 11 points and 2.7 rebounds this season, but his numbers increased to 15.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in the 19 games that he started.
With a failed push for O.J. Mayo, who signed with Dallas, and then Courtney Lee inking a deal with the Boston Celtics, the pool of free agents at shooting guard was running dry.
Familiarity with head coach Alvin Gentry, however, is one positive sign that Brown will get off to a hotter start this season. Meanwhile, the fact that he will have a shot at starting — depending on how Gentry decides to roll with Michael Beasley and Jared Dudley — and at the very least will have a bigger role than last season should give the Suns another scoring option to spread the floor for the likes of Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola.
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