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Heat add depth to backcourt with signing of Shannon Brown

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The two-time NBA champion still has plenty left in the tank to be a valuable reserve off the bench for the Heat.

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To further boost roster opportunities coming into the 2014-15 season, today it was reported that the Miami Heat have signed Shannon Brown to a 1-year $1.3 million deal by his agency, Priority Sports.

Brown, a former Phoenix Sun and L.A Laker comes in as another solid option for shooting guard and can offer great flexibility to the roster to compensate if Dwyane Wade needs to rest up through the season.

Signed earlier in the year to the New York Knicks on a 10-day contract and then for the remaining season, he was only waived last month to the surprise to many in the Knicks organiztation. Previously he had been on a 10-day contract with the Spurs.

At 28, Brown can very much be an effective player. An eight-year NBA veteran from Michigan State has been quiet the past few seasons, his most productive were his three seasons with the Lakers from 2009 to 2011 before declining his player option to extend his contract. He then got picked up by the Suns after the NBA lockout.

While a handy pickup, Brown will be competing against Shawne Williams, Reggie Williams and James Ennis for minutes.

From the official press release:

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Shannon Brown. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brown, an eight-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 403 career NBA regular season games (58 starts) and averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 18.0 minutes while shooting 42 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 80.7 percent from the foul line. He split the 2013-14 season between the San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks, appearing in 29 total games (one start) and averaging 2.2 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.7 minutes of action while shooting 36.4 percent from the field. He scored a season-high 14 points, on 4-of-7 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line, in a 109-98 win vs. Brooklyn on April 15, 2014.

Brown, who won back-to-back NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, has appeared in 55 career postseason games and averaged 5.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 13.9 minutes while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the foul line.

He was originally drafted in the first round (25th overall) by Cleveland in the 2006 NBA Draft.

The HEAT's roster now stands at 16.