Hornets ship starting guard Brown to Bulls

BY foxsports • January 25, 2010

The New Orleans Hornets have traded starting shooting guard Devin Brown to the Chicago Bulls for backup 7-foot center Aaron Gray.

The 31-year-old Brown has played in 39 games for New Orleans this season, starting all but two games. He is averaging 9.7 points per game and has made nearly 37 percent of his shots from 3-point range.

"We're excited to add Devin Brown to our team,'' Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "His toughness, defensive versatility and shooting will be excellent additions to our perimeter rotation.''

The Bulls this year have missed the scoring of guard Ben Gordon, who signed with Detroit before the season. The trade was announced Monday, before Chicago played at San Antonio and the Hornets at Portland.

The move opens the way for rookie Marcus Thornton, who has averaged 9.4 points in only 18.6 minutes per game, to start for the Hornets. It also brings New Orleans within about $424,000 of getting under the NBA's luxury tax threshold.

Gray, who is 25 and in his third NBA season, averaged 2.3 points and two rebounds in eight games this season with the Bulls.

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