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At the end of last season, Shannon Brown, then a free agent, expressed a strong desire to return to the Phoenix Suns. He showed it by staying in town and working out daily at US Airways Center.

He ultimately signed a two-year contract.

Now, at the end of this season, one in which he played in just six games after the All-Star break, Brown does not sound as committed to a team that may not be as committed to him.

"This year I'm just going to work out wherever I am," he said with a smile.

Brown, whose $3.5 million contract next season is only 50 percent guaranteed, was almost a complete non-factor the last eight weeks of the season.

He had nearly has many DNP-Coach's Decision (23) as points scored (25) over the final 29 games.

"Having to sit on the bench and watch us consistently lose, yeah it was tough," he said. "But I learned a lot about myself that I can pretty much play and make it through anything at this point. It was a good test for me."

Brown was well on his way to averaging a career-high in scoring for the fourth straight year before his season was derailed.

When the decision was made to play Wesley Johnson, whose own court time had been sporadic, Brown became anchored to the bench.

"It is what it is," he said. "No matter what team I'm playing for, no matter where I'm at, I'm going give a thousand percent. I'm going to give it my all every time I step out there on the basketball court, whatever the color jersey is whatever the city or the state.

"I don't even like to even dwell on it no more. It's in the past now. It's over and I'm going to leave it back there."

With a new general manager and possibly a new head coach coming into the fold for next season, Brown may still have a future in Phoenix.

He was his most effective as a starter, with 17 double-digit scoring efforts in 22 starts. He averaged 13.6 points as a first unit player compared to 8.8 points as a reserve.

"I understand it's a business," said Brown, who was the team's fifth-leading scorer at 10.5 points per game. "I have no ill feelings, no nothing. I just want to get to a situation where I can consistently play and display my talents and help the team wherever I am. I know I can do that. I can't do that sitting on the bench."

For now, though, there are more pressing matters to attend to: his family.

He couldn't stop smiling as he spoke to reporters the day after the season ended.

"I'm just happy, really," he said. "It's a chance to go back to Atlanta, spend a lot of time with my wife and kids and don't even worry about this last season; look forward to the future and just live, enjoy the time off.

"Best of luck to everybody," Brown added. "No negative thoughts, words or nothing."

Craig Grialou, Reporter

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