The Miami Heat bolstered its bench on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with guard Shannon Brown. The move was first announced by Brown’s agency Priority Sports on Twitter.
Congrats to guard Shannon Brown on signing with the @MiamiHEAT! Best of luck with your new team!
— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) August 27, 2014
With Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier set as Miami’s three point guards, Brown is likely being brought in to compete for minutes at the shooting guard position. Miami is awfully thin behind Dwayne Wade at the 2, so signing Brown makes sense.
USA Today’s Sam Amick was the first to report on the specifics of the contract.
Shannon Brown’s contract with the Miami Heat is for one year at $1.3 million, I’m told.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 27, 2014
While Brown has shown flashes of solid play throughout his eight-year career, he’s never fully put it all together or been able to remain on a team for a significant period of time. The Heat mark his fourth team in the past three years.
In 2013-14, Brown played for the New York Knicks (19 games) and San Antonio Spurs (10 games). He averaged just 2.2 points and one rebound per game.
Still, it was only the season prior where Brown averaged 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Phoenix Suns. Miami won’t need Brown to post double-digit scoring. As long as he can provide an offensive spark for a handful of minutes per night, the Heat will be satisfied.
Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 25 pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft.