I was all in favor of upgrading at the SF/PF positions this offseason and letting Morrow/Brooks/Farmar duke it out for playing time at the SG spot. However, that changed today when Shannon Brown opted out of his contract.
I'm don't want to deem this guy as the answer to all our problems, but he brings a combination of youth-defense-scoring. Not many of the perimeter players we've mentioned had all 3. And before anyone criticizes his defense, I'm not saying the guy is T.Prince on the defensive end, but he isn't a Young or Thorton. He went through a drought last year that affected his defense but I also think the Laker's drama/fatigue impacted everyone on the roster. And I surely remember how great he looked running the floor with Farmar as opposed to Blake - so do the Lakers.
Now I understand if he signs for approx $5 mil a year, we'll have ~$10-11 mil locked into our SG spot. Although that may seem high, I expect a lot of small ball like last year when Morrow/Sasha played alongside one another. It would also lessen the burden of that SF requirement in free agency and give us a SG trade asset (whomever of the 3 it is) without sacrificing our depth.
If the difference between having Hump and either Nene or West is Brown, give me Hump and Brown. With those 2, you'd still have the money to attack the SF position, even if it's not enough for Prince. Plus, youth would still be served.