The Nets need some young defensive help on the perimeter, and they only got one Monday when traded for Bruce Brown.
Brooklyn shipped one of the Detroit Pistons’ 2021 second-round pickups to Dezzanan Moses and Brown. The move was first reported by ESPN and confirmed by The Post. Once the NBA’s ban on transactions is lifted, it will become official in the afternoon.
This coming season with Hetofore-injured superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets are expected to be contenders and score. Their backcourt defense needed a boost, and the 24-year-old Browne provides that.
A second-round pick in 2018, Brown played 132 games in his first two NBA seasons, and made 99 of them thanks to his work on that end of the court. While his average points are 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and shooting from 34.4 percent deep, he was the Pistons’ best perimeter defender.
Brown’s 3-point shooting was made better by his cheating campaign, as was his play-pick and off the roll. And that comes at a very low cost.
Moussa, the No. 29 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, was taken as an offensive player, but well general manager Sean Marks can only be a disappointing pick. The 6-9 wing never had a defining role with the Nets, and despite talent his production and shot selection lagged behind his confidence.
Brooklyn will need Brown’s defense far more than Moses’ occasional scoring, averaging only 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds each season.
Landry Shet and Shay Gilligius-Alexander were the only rookies to log more minutes for a playoff team in 2018-19 when they cracked the new stat into the top 20 to defend 538 players at DRAYMOND.
Given Brown’s youth, NBA scoring James Harden’s job of guarding – tied with the Nets as a potential third-star partner for Durant and Irving – should give him an indicator of his skills on that end of the court.
The Nets actually save money on the deal, with the Browns making $ 1.7 million while Moses will make $ 2 million and have a $ 3.6 million team option in 2021-22. And while the second-round pick may actually be worth more to the retrosting pistons, the Nets were flush with them.
Brooklyn had four second-rounders: from Atlanta (in the Allen Crabbe Salary Dump), from Indiana (in the Carrie Levert / Thad Young Trade), from Phoenix (to take on Jared Dudley’s contract), and Toronto (Greg Monroe’s bloated deal To swallow)). According to ESPN, the pick was sourced from the Raptors in Monday’s deal.