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The Mavericks trade for Moses Brown from Boston Celtics

Former Thunder and Blazers big man now finds himself in Dallas

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According to Shams Charania of the Athletic and confirmed by Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the Mavericks have traded for Moses Brown.

Brown ended up in Boston following the trade of Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City, but never actually suited up. Prior to last season with the Thunder where he played 43 games, Brown played just nine games his rookie year with the Portland Trailblazers. He’s on a very team friendly deal, with three years left on his contract including a team option in 2023-24.

The Mavericks receive a young big with a solid amount of upside in the trade. Last season Brown averaged 8.6 points and 8.9 rebounds and shot 60% within five feet. 39.4% of his possessions were put backs, a truly crazy percentage. In related stats he was third in the NBA in in percentage of points off put backs. Brown also scored 1.18 points per possession as a roll man (Willie Cauley Stein was 1.17), a stat which has room for growth, but is quite solid for a young player.

Though he’s not a household name, Brown is the kind of project big man that could grow in limited minutes with the Mavericks. He’s enormous and young (turns 22 in October) and has real potential in a specific role. Here’s some highlights from last season from Brown.