The Bulls trade Aaron Gray for Devin Brown

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.

--- Edit Doug ---
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.  


Leave a comment
  • I like this trade....Im surprised they didn't send Pargo back to NO. As for gray, I think we all knew his time was running short as a bull when that deal with the Nuggets for Joey Graham fell through. They shouldve sent Tyrus with him lol jk....

    I wish Aaron Gray the best of luck.

  • New Orleans is trying to cut salary, that's why Pargo wasn't involved.

    So, the Bulls got the extra SG they needed. Personally, I would have preferred they get a younger guy, but the Bulls management is CHEAP, so they went with the cost-effienct expiring contract.

    Devin Brown should help them, no question.

    Now, the question remains, "Which PF will the Bulls trade for?" Will it be Stoudemire, Bosh, Haywood, Camby, Boozer, Lee or some other suprising choice? I can't wait to find out.

    SG and PF are the Bulls two needs. One down and one to go.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think Pargo was why Pargo wasn't involved.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I hope Devin Brown knows that he can't wear #23 lol...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I don't disagree that the Bulls can be cheap, but in this case they went with the cost-efficient expiring to preserve next season's cap space. Gotta give them credit here, they were able to acquire a SG without giving up anyone in the rotation or adding salary. I cannot believe someone wanted Aaron Gray.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Great news. Brown isn't awesome, but we needed another true guard and Gray was irrelevant this season. Hopefully, this is just setting up even more excitement.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    32? haha

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'd be interested in Doug's thoughts on this trade. I'd imagine he'd say getting Devin Brown is not bringing you much(?). The one thing is as a SG who's 6'5 he's described generally as being a solid ball-handler who takes care of the ball. Brown has less turnovers then Kirk(and Tyrus Thomas). His minutes pg are slightly lower, and obviously assists are much lower. He's shooting the same percentage from three this year as Kirk. Listed as an average defender I'd say at 6'5 that's still a plus, especially in a solid team defense the Bulls have been playing for a good portion of the season. I wonder if they use him off the bench for Kirk, and use Salmons more at the three where he's proven more effective? I guess we'll just have to see, but I could see him helping the team a bit. Compared to what you're getting from Gray, which is a 7 foot cheerleader, I'd say not a bad deal, and he's an expiring.

  • In reply to SamS:

    i didnt think about that. moving Salmons to the reserve 3 and have brown come off the bench as a 2. Defiantly help rest Deng more, he's in the top 15 for min per game and hes been playing hurt most of those minutes. I was gonna dismiss this as just a way to make our bench a little stronger, but now this trade seems like a great little steal.

  • In reply to SamS:

    Will Devin Brown be able to suit up against the Spurs? Kinda weird the trade happened with the NO game just around the corner.

  • fb_avatar
    In reply to SamS:

    About that organizational philosophy thing. You gotta remember that the franchise took a U-turn 2 years ago when we DID catch lightning in a bottle. No one expected to get Rose, so the organization is still just beginning to build around that.

    Good trade. We can give a sigh of relief because we FINALLY have ONE shooting guard to go with our 4 point guards and assload of small fowards.

    About the injury to Noah, I wonder if we're gonna see some Tyrus at center? If we do, I hope the recap reel plays some benny hill music to go along with it.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    By my count, we signed 2 of the PGs and all of the SFs besides Deng after we had Rose.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I'd have to say, damn good trade. I had thought about Devin Brown earlier in the season but was too lazy to see what his contract, numbers, etc. were.

    I'm from Ohio and have watched a good amount of Cleveland basketball. He played well for them and provides this team with an immediate need (granted he had Lebron to play next to).

    His defense is a no brainer and I think his three point shooting will help spread the floor a bit. Aaron Gray was never getting off the bench anyway. This at least does provide depth to a team that is on the verge of trainwreck should any one get injured.

    Hopefully I can find a shitty internet stream of the game tonight so I can watch Blair throw Gibson around in the paint.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I don't understand all of the James Johnson hate. He's a rookie and his salary isn't hurting us. There are a lot of rookies that don't come out of the gate playing like an All Star. The last time I checked, Noah wasn't lighting it up as a rookie either. I'd move him for a clearly better player. I just don't understand moving a player that hasn't had time to develop and who's salary isn't due for an increase. And for the record, Nick Young is not a clear upgrade. Or Terrance Williams. Or any of these other unknown players with worse contracts.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Oh God will he complain about the no head band rule? he has worn one every place he has been. I love this deal. When I first herd of it I though oh God they traded for Bobby Brown but than I was elated to find out it was Devin because he had some outstanding games this season for the hornets. He will add some 3pt shooting and some good defense. Looks like Kirk or John will be the odd man out real soon.

  • fb_avatar
    In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Anyone else notice that the Bulls transition D has sucked lately? Ever since Golden State they're not picking up the ball handler until the foul line or later.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Good Trade. Shows how much Noah has improved and is the Bulls center of the future. Brad Miller is still a good player at backup. Aaron Gray is too slow to play defense.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I wonder if Mark jizzed over this deal, i havent seen him post here in months.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I would trade Aaron Gray for to New Orleans for a bucket of crawfish and 1 beaded necklace.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    So this deal means Vinny doesn't have to waste time developing a first round draft pick in Johnson so another guy nobody else wants can take up minutes?

    Does this mean Captain Kirk is on his way out of town yet?

    Last question (promise): Do the Bulls have an organizational philosophy, or are they just shooting from the hip hoping for lightning in a bottle?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    That's a good point about Brown possibly being insurance or a stopgap at least to enable them to now trade Hinrich.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Not that you actually have any, but you lose all remaining credibility when you call Haywood a power forward.

    He is the definition of a true pure center. He has probably never played a single second in the NBA at power forward.

    I would still trade Tyrus for him in a heartbeat, but he would play center, and Noah would slide over to power forward if and when they are on the court together.

    I highly doubt that the Wiz have any desire to trade Haywood, but has never stopped you from proposing a trade ad naseum. Might as well try to dump Salmons on them for Haywood, maybe we will get really lucky and they throw in Nick Young.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I would suggest that this move is clearly a precurser to other moves, almost certainly Salmons and/or Hinrich. I predict Salmons, I think that the Bulls value and need Hinrich too much, without him we are basically a one guard team.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think James Johnson is sleeping with Mr. Happy's blow up doll. Otherwise, there is nothing to hate about him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I dnt see why everybody is on this "lets make a deal fatasy" just because the Bulls made one deal. I would ju think jus stay with what we got and wait for 2010. Devin Brown is a solid player who can help he Bulls out. But just because we got him doesnt mean we need to go and look for the first avaiable trade to get rid of Hinrich or Salmons. Plus I love Hinrich.

    Is he overpaid? Yea probably but alof of players in the NBA are. Hinrich plays hard every night and plays defense every night. You cant say that for half the players in the NBA.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    GO GET AMARE STOUDEMIRE!!!!! This trade makes either Hinrich or Salmons expendible....go get Amare in a Bulls uniform to play next to Rose. Pick and Roll ALL DAY!!!


    (Chicago Bulls Press Release)

    The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has acquired guard Devin Brown from the New Orleans Hornets for center Aaron Gray.

  • 2010 is UNPREDICTABLE. Keep that in mind.

    There are also more trades to make. Plus, you nor I know what Salmons is going to do with his option.

    Finally, the BULLS management is CHEAP. You should know that by now.

  • How about #16 for Devin Brown? It's unproductive right now.

  • For what it is worth, both JJ's (James Johnson and Jerome James) need to be traded.

  • So doug,

    Do you think the Bulls will send JJ to the D-League since he will most likely not if ever see the floor now. At least for a few games before we get into the playoffs. I feel like it would be a good idea.

  • I thought James was covered by Insurance and could lead to saved $$$ for some team. If so, he could be traded for an expiring that can play. See Gray for Brown.

  • Doug did you hear about the Kirk Hinrich to the Lakers rumor?? for Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell, and Adam Morrison.

Leave a comment