The Utah Jazz kicked off the trading season by sending Eric Maynor to the Oklahoma City Thunder for financial reasons. Not to be outdone the New Orleans Hornets have sent their regular starting 2 guard to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a player who played in one game all season. The Timberwolves announced today that they acquired Devin Brown and cash considerations from the Hornets in exchange for Jason Hart.
“This was a difficult decision to make as Jason has been the consummate professional during his time with us, but it was a rare opportunity to add a proven player with three-point shooting capabilities that will help our offense,” said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “Devin should be a nice addition to our team defensively, as well. He has a reputation as a tough kid and hard-nosed defender.”
The trade seems to be lopsided. Devin Brown has averaged 10ppg and shot 41% from beyond the arc this season. Jason Hart on the other hand has only appeared in one game for the Timberwolves, recording 1 assist and 1 steal in five minutes of play. For the Timberwolves the trade seems like a no brainer. If Brown can continue his hot shooting from beyond the arc, he will help stretch the defense and allow Al Jefferson and Kevin Love to go to work on the block. The motivation for New Orleans has to be financial. The Hornets financial woes are well documented and the only reason a franchise sends a regular starter away for a non contributor is to save money.
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