The Bulls are the middle of acquiring New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Devin Brown for seldom-used center Aaron Gray. Brown had a strong outing at the United Center earlier in the season and is a capable three-point shooter.
Gray was drafted by the Bulls in the second round back in 2007, and has spent two and half years with the club.
Brown averages 9.7 points in just under 25 minutes a game, and has true shooting percentage of of 52.2%. Brown makes a little over $1.1 million for the season, but a trade kicker is involved.
This gives Chicago an offensive spark from the perimeter for the cost of a center who has played just eight games this season.
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The trade kicker is 10% of his salary, so the net gain is that the Bulls add about 230k of payroll for this season. The Bulls will be about 800k away from the luxury tax threshold.
As for the trade, it seems like a nice deal for the Bulls as Brown can add shooting and viable depth at guard while Gray contributed little. If the Bulls were to trade Hinrich or Salmons for an expiring, this trade would help provide another viable backcourt player for the rotation.
If they keep everyone on the roster through the deadline, then Brown still becomes a valuable contributor on a team that has often had problems with depth.
The player likely hurt the most by the acquisition of Brown is James Johnson. While the two aren't playing the same position, Brown will get his minutes by having the Bulls go small costing Johnson his reserve role. Pargo will be absolutely buried as well, but he was already absolutely buried so nothing has really changed there.
Look for Johnson to barely crack the lineup after the acquisition of Brown.