Mar. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown (26) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the US Airways Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 127-124. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.
Depending on what the Washington Wizards do with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, they could have around $12 million of salary-cap space to spend this summer. It remains to be seen if the Wizards actually use it or bank it towards the 2013 class, but in any event, there are a number of free agents that could help the team's push into playoff contention. We'll take a look at several of those options in this running series. Next up: Shannon Brown.
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Team: Phoenix Suns
Type: Unrestricted free agent.
This past year: Struggled in a bench role for most of the season, but blossomed once he was elevated to the starting lineup after Grant Hill hurt his knee. In April, as the Suns pushed towards the playoffs, Brown averaged just under 15 points a game while shooting 39 percent from three-point range.
Why he's fit in well: He can definitely score, and he's able to do it without dominating the ball too much. Thanks to his time running the Triangle in Los Angeles, Brown is adept at finding points while moving without the ball and getting out in transition.
Why he might not: He's a poor spot-up player. He shot only 33 percent on spot-up three-pointers this year, according to MySynergySports.com, and that was with Steve Nash delivering him the ball. He also fires lots of poor, errant jumpers in the name of instant offense, and his defense is so-so.
Likely price tag: Like pretty much every other second-tier shooting guard on the market, he'll probably get half the mid-level exception.
Verdict: I think Brown is a better player than Jordan Crawford, but he's not so much better that it's worth adding him to this team.