Miami Heat signs veteran shooting guard Shannon Brown
08/27/2014 7:47 PM
08/27/2014 8:03 PM
Seeking help at backup shooting guard behind Dwyane Wade, the Heat on Wednesday signed journeyman Shannon Brown, who has played for seven teams in eight NBA seasons.
Brown has averaged 7.7 points and shot 42 percent overall and 33.1 percent on three-pointers in 403 games, including 58 starts. The Heat offered him a contract after he worked out for team officials on Tuesday.
Brown, 28, played in just 29 games last season – 19 for the Knicks and 10 for the Spurs – and averaged 2.2 points on 36.4 percent shooting. He played only 8.7 minutes per game last season, well below his career average of 18.0.
His best seasons were for Phoenix; he averaged 11.0 and 10.5 points in 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively. His career high for three-point baskets in a season is 74, for the Lakers in 2010-11.
The Heat has spent several weeks looking for a shooting guard that it liked and was willing to accept the veteran's minimum. Miami auditioned Chris Douglas-Roberts and also had direct contact with Jordan Crawford. Leandro Barbosa also received consideration.
Wade missed 28 games last season, which was one reason why backup shooting guard was Miami's biggest remaining priority before signing Brown. Heat president Pat Riley said last month that starting point guard Mario Chalmers also will play some shooting guard, and small forward Danny Granger will, too.
Brown, 6-4, was drafted 25th overall by Cleveland out of Michigan State in 2006.
Agent Mark Bartelstein declined to say whether his one-year, $1.3 million contract is fully guaranteed. Brown, who is married to R&B singer Monica, was released by the Knicks on July 23.
His signing gives Miami 16 players under contract. Teams can take 20 to training camp.
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