Heat Stroke – Miami signs Shane Battier over Lakers Shannon Brown
December 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Lakers fans, it looks like the Heat got their guy. Veteran swingman Shane Battier announced today via his Twitter account that he will sign with the Miami Heat on the first day of free agency.
Low Down Dirty Shane
This is a huge get for Miami as Battier is regarded as one of the best teammates in all of the NBA. He’s unselfish, a scrappy defender, has tons of playoff experience and is a proven winner. Shane also has a sweet stroke from 3-point range, something the Heat were hoping to get out of forward Mike Miller last season. After reaching the 2011 NBA Finals last season, Miami and the “Big 3″ should be poised to make another deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the addition of sharp-shooting Battier.
The good news for Lakers fans is that Battier’s signing has eliminated the Heat from guard Shannon Brown’s wish list. That now leaves the Lakers, New Orleans and Boston as the most likely landing spots for Brown according to rumors and reports. Re-signing Brown is far from a given for the Lakers, however.
LakerMagic puts the chances of the Lakers re-signing Shannon at less than 50% due to his desire to get more minutes or even start, something he’ll only be guaranteed on another team. Stay tuned to see which team Brown will be reeling off highlight dunks for this season.