Brown for Gray a good deal for Bulls

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 01/25/2010, 06:04pm

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The Bulls acquiring guard Devin Brown for Aaron Gray was the sort of deal that left most NBA observers scratching their heads. How the heck did the Bulls get a player that really should help them for Gray?

I can’t answer that, but my guess is the New Orleans Hornets were desperate for a big man. Any big man.

Gray only played this season when games were lopsided, so the Bulls won’t miss him. To be honest, I don’t think he’s in great shape, so I don’t know how much he can help New Orleans.

Brown is a role player, but he provides two things the Bulls need in the backcourt: perimeter shooting and the ability to defend big guards. It gives coach Vinny Del Negro a fourth guard to use in the rotation.

The 6-5 Brown was averaging 9.7 points in 24.8 minutes this season for the Hornets. He was shooting 39.4 percent overall, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Bulls fans probably remember Brown because he was the guy who hit six three-pointers in the first half when the Hornets visited the United Center on Dec. 26.