Hornets trade Devin Brown to Bulls for Aaron Gray

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have acquired center Aaron Gray from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for guard Devin Brown.

“Aaron will help bolster our frontcourt and add depth to our team,” Head Coach and General Manager Jeff Bower said. “We continue to be pleased with the play of Marcus Thornton and feel he, along with our other backcourt players, can step up.”

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

Gray, in his third year after being drafted 49th overall out of Pitt in the 2007 NBA Draft, is averaging 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in eight games with the Bulls this season. The 7-foot, 270-pound center has career averages of 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, having played in 125 games (19 starts).

The Hornets signed Brown as a free agent on August 22, 2008. Brown holds career averages of 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his 8-year career. In 160 games as a Hornet (91 starts), Brown averaged 8.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists, playing for the club in the 2006-07 season and since signing back with New Orleans on August 22, 2008. This season, Brown has averaged 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 39 games (37 starts).