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Monday, June 28, 2010
Brown likely to become free agent

By Ramona Shelburne

Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown will likely opt out of the final year of his contract on Wednesday and become a free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein said Monday.

"We haven't made a decision yet. We're going to wait until the 30th, but we're probably going to opt out," Bartelstein said.

Brown has one year and $2.15 million remaining on his contract with the Lakers. He has said that he prefers to remain with the Lakers, but that long-term security is important to him.

Brown quickly became a fan favorite in Los Angeles with his high-flying dunks and hustle after the Lakers acquired him from the Charlotte Bobcats in the middle of the 2009 season. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds this season in a little over 20 minutes a game.

Ramona Shelburne is a writer and columnist for