No more Gray area as Bulls deal for Brown


Jan 25

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By Adam Fluck

The Aaron Gray Era came to an abrupt end on Monday, when the Bulls dealt the third-year center to the New Orleans Hornets for guard Devin Brown. Brown will make his Bulls debut on Wednesday night at Oklahoma City.

Brown, 31, brings averages of 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 24.8 minutes per game to Chicago and will add to the Bulls’ backcourt depth. The eighth-year shooting guard who was undrafted out of Texas-San Antonio made 39 appearances with the Hornets this season, starting 37 times.

“We’re excited to add Devin Brown to our team,” said Bulls GM Gar Forman.  “His toughness, defensive versatility, and shooting will be excellent additions to our perimeter rotation.”

Earlier this month, the 6-5, 210- pound Brown had a career night when he scored 30 points in a 91-87 win over the host Utah Jazz. Brown connected on five 3-pointers and 11 shots from the field to improve on his career-best in scoring for a game by five points.

When the Bulls defeated the Hornets on Dec. 26 in Chicago, Brown was also impressive, scoring 22 points including 6-of-7 from behind the arc.

In late December, Brown was reportedly nearly traded to the Timberwolves—a release even appeared on the Minnesota’s web site announcing the deal—in exchange for Jason Hart. Hart was eventually dealt to the Suns for Alando Tucker, a second-round draft pick and cash, and later waived by Phoenix.

Gray appeared in only eight games for the Bulls this season and posted averages of 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

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