Brown returns to fill Suns’ backcourt void

After blowing through most of their Plan B options at shooting guard following a failed run at restricted free agent Eric Gordon, the Suns agreed Friday to bring back veteran Shannon Brown.

Brown, who reportedly will sign a two-year contract with a player option for the second season, averaged a career-high 11 points during his first season in Phoenix. He demonstrated the ability to provide some much-needed punch by giving the Suns 18 points per game when an injury to Grant Hill opened up a spot in the starting lineup.

During that closing stretch, the 26-year-old former Michigan State star scored a career-high 32 points in a loss to the Spurs. Brown joins Jared Dudley as the only shooting guards on the Suns roster.