The Suns are unquestionably in a rebuilding mode, and after trying (but mostly failing) to win games during the first half of the season by putting the players on the floor who would give them the best chance to do so, the team is now focused on the future and developing its young talent.
That meant that a serviceable backup point guard in Sebastian Telfair was sent packing at the trade deadline, after he began to ride the bench in favor of rookie Kendall Marshall getting those minutes instead.
Now, it’s Shannon Brown’s turn.
Brown deserves to be on the court, given his talent level in relation to others on the roster who are getting that playing time. And understandably, he’s not happy with the new role the team has placed him in.
“It bothers me every night,” he said. “It bothers me from when the first time I didn’t play.”
“It hurts. It is what it is though. I understand it’s a business and I can’t take it too personal.”
Brown said he was talked to “but nobody gave me no real answer. They just sent me around the world and come back to nothing. I talked to them but they say all the stuff that in the end doesn’t justify why or give me a good reason of what’s going on.”
“It ain’t easy. I definitely think it’s undeserved. There’s a lot of things I could say but I’m going to just stay professional about the whole situation and let the season play out.”
It’s tough to blame either side here, although if what Brown said about not being able to get a straight answer as to the reason for his diminished minutes playing time, then management could have handled things a bit better.
But then again, Brown has been around — Phoenix is his fifth NBA team, and he’s now in his seventh season. He should know the reason he’s sitting; the Suns know what they have in Brown, they need to see more of guys like Marshall, Wesley Johnson, Marcus Morris, and even Michael Beasley to a certain extent to see where they go from a roster standpoint in the future.
Brown is under contract through the end of next season for a very reasonable $3.5 million. If the team goes into a full-blown youth movement to completely start from scratch, it would be very easy to move Brown — and his expiring contract — somewhere where he’d be more content.