As the All-Star break kicks into full swing, all eyes will be on Marco Belinelli and Tony Parker, who will represent the San Antonio Spurs during the weekend’s festivities. But there is one Spurs’ player that will not be in New Orleans as a competitor and continues to make headlines.
Shannon Brown was a free agent until San Antonio decided to snatch up the eight-year NBA veteran to a 10-day contract on February 1. It was not clear how Gregg Popovich planned on using his new acquisition, or if Brown would even be considered for any long-term possibilities. But as of February 13, the San Antonio organization re-signed Brown to his second 10-day contract, and the binding agreement may lead to something more permanent for the short-handed Spurs.
In his first 10 days with his new team, Brown averaged 2.2 points per game and 1.2 rebounds in only 6.3 minutes. Now this may not seem like an impressive stat line, but it was good enough to earn another shot with Pop.
Popovich has been known to bring in select pieces for a championship run and work to mesh them into the San Antonio system. In 2011 and 2012, the Spurs brought in veteran Stephen Jackson for his ability to shoot the deep ball and the intangibles of toughness which he embodied, but conflicts of interest with Popovich lead to the Spurs letting Jackson go just before the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
Former All-Star Tracy McGrady was another piece that Pop brought in last season to try and gain the edge for their fifth title run, but to no avail. Brown has the athleticism, shooting ability and championship experience to help the Spurs regain elite status. As the Spurs get healthy and Brown finds his rhythm, San Antonio just might turn some heads in the second half of the season.