Heat sign veteran guard Shannon Brown to 1-year deal

Shannon Brown has averaged 7.7 points per game over his eight-year career.

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The Miami Heat made another move to strengthen a position of need, signing guard Shannon Brown on Wednesday.

Brown, 28, was originally a first-round draft pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2006 but is most well-known for his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers where he won two championships in 2009 and 2010 as a key reserve.

The veteran has averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists over eight seasons with seven different teams.

As a Laker, he was selected to the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest in 2010 but did not advance past the first round. After the 2011 NBA lockout, he signed with the Phoenix Suns where he averaged a career-high 11.0 points 2.7 rebounds in the 2011-12 season. He played briefly for the San Antonio Spurs on a pair of 10-day contracts before signing on for the rest of the 2013-14 season with the New York Knicks.

Brown, who had previous ties with Knicks president Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher, also played in the Knicks summer league team this year before he was waived on July 23, a move made to avoid fully guaranteeing his contract.

While he may not be the explosive player he was several years ago, Brown brings plenty of postseason experience and will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing season where he averaged a career-low PER of 4.78. The Heat could easily slot him in behind Dwyane Wade, with untested rookie Tyler Johnson the only other shooting guard presently on the roster.

Brown’s deal with the Heat is being reported as being for one year at $1.3 million though it is not known as of yet if it is fully guaranteed.

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