CLEVELAND (AP) -Cavaliers guard Shannon Brown, who was disappointed when Cleveland decided not to pick up his option for next season, was assigned to Rio Grande Valley of the NBA Development League on Friday.
Brown has played in just 12 games - four starts - this season, averaging 7.9 points. The former first-round draft pick (No. 25 overall in 2006) has flashed some potential during his 1 1/2 seasons as a pro.
However, he's not getting the playing time he expected and can now showcase his talents for the Vipers, an affiliate for the Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets.
Unless the Cavaliers change their mind and pick up Brown's option, he will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
``We brought it to him,'' Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said of the assignment. ``This will be an opportunity for him to go down and play some consistent minutes in live game action so we can evaluate him and hopefully he can gain some confidence.''
The coach said there is no timetable for Brown's return.
Cedric Simmons, who has been bothered by an ankle injury most of the season, was recalled from Rio Grande Valley. He played three games there, averaging 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.
``It was time to bring him back,'' Brown said.
Simmons was inactive Friday night.
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