According to agent Mark Bartelstein, the Miami Heat have signed veteran guard Shannon Brown. Miami Herald beat writer Barry Jackson was one of the first to break the news via twitter:
Agent Mark Bartelstein announces Heat signs Shannon Brown, the veteran NBA guard who has averaged 7.7 points and shot 42% in 8 seasons
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 27, 2014
The contract will be for one year and the $1.3 million veteran minimum. With the signing of Brown official, the Heat no longer have any available cap space to sign free agents.
Brown attended Michigan State University for three years before being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 25th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. In addition to the Cavaliers, Brown has also spent time in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, and the New York Knicks.
For his career, Brown has averaged 7.7 points per game. His most effective years as a pro came during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons as a member of the Phoenix Suns.
Although he is limited in his offensive game, Brown is an extremely athletic guard who can provide the Heat with some instant help on the defensive end of the floor. He figures to take the roster spot of Ray Allen, whom the Heat have moved on from this summer.