The Oklahoma City Thunder, after waving Austin Rivers earlier this afternoon, has now announced that they have signed Moses Brown to a new contract.
The Thunder have now inked Moses Brown to a full, multi-year, NBA contract. This marks the third straight season that the Thunder have converted one of their two-way players. A feat that is hardly pulled off. Brown joins the recent run starting by Deonte Burton, kept up by Lu Dort, and now moves on to the 7’2 big man.
Moses Brown has been a compiler of stats in his NBA action, especially since the All-Star break. Since Brown’s return from the NBA G-League Bubble, Brown has posted 12.4 points per game, 12.3 rebounds per game, almost two blocks per game, and nearly a steal per contest across this nine-game (five starts) stretch.
The UCLA product also carved up the G-League Bubble, where he earned All-Defensive honors and was named to the All NBA G-League first team. During his time with the Blue, he averaged 13-points, almost two blocks, and 26 minutes per game in the 14 bubble games.
With the news that the Oklahoma City Thunder will sit Al Horford the rest of the year, Moses Brown becomes an NBA starter, at least for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season. Where will his career take him? That is still up in the air, and really can not be decided yet.
This is a move that everyone should celebrate, not because of what it may or may not do for the future of the OKC Thunder, but what it does for the future of Moses Brown, the person. The 21-year-old went undrafted after being a 5-star recruit and attending UCLA. He got an opportunity in Portland as a two-way player in 2019-20, where it obviously did not pan out.
The big man came into this year as a bit of an afterthought, as all eyes were on Josh Hall as the “next Lu Dort” type of two-way player to get converted. Instead, Moses Brown is now at least a millionaire, and likely a multi-millionaire with more future security than he has ever had in his basketball career.
This may not work out to Lu Dort levels, Moses Brown’s career could follow closer to Deonte Burton’s path, nothing is made official by this move…expect that Moses Brown does not have to wonder if he will have a job in five months. Which is something to celebrate. Moses Brown has been wonderful at grabbing rebounds but has also been great with the media and by all accounts his teammates. He deserves this and the security that comes with it.
The contract details, in true Sam Presti fashion, were not revealed. Outside of the multi-year tidbit. I would imagine the deal will be structured similarly to Deonte Burton’s pact which included a team option to get out of the deal after a year.
UPDATE: Royce Young, ESPN just released the contract details. The deal for Moses Brown is a four year, 6.8 million dollar contract. Years two and three are non-guaranteed, and the fourth year is a team-option. OKC has the flexibility, after next season, to get out of this deal.