UPDATE (Oct. 18, 10amPST) -- The Portland Trail Blazers make Brown news OFFICIAL. Read the release here:
The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised the two-way player conversion option in the contract of center Moses Brown, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
Brown, 20, appeared in all five preseason games for the Trail Blazers, posting averages of 5.2 points (69.2% FG, 61.5% FT), 2.2 rebounds and 1.00 block in 6.9 minutes per game.
A rookie out of UCLA, Brown (7-1, 245) went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. During his lone season at UCLA, Brown averaged 9.7 points (60.7% FG), 8.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 1.94 blocks in 32 games (31 starts). He was named a 2018 McDonald’s All-American following his senior season at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, New York.
Following the Blazers loss to the Nuggets in Portland’s final preseason game of the year, news broke about the Blazers adding one more player to a two-way contract.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Portland is converting rookie center Moses Brown’s 10-day contract to a two-way deal.
Portland is converting the Exhibit 10 contract of 7-foot rookie Moses Brown into a two-way deal, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 18, 2019
Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard had high praise for the young man during training camp:
“He just turned 20, being undrafted, and just so much upside, since September he’s been -- offensive rebound, after offensive rebound, after offensive rebound. He runs the floor well. He’s receptive of information. He takes criticism… Whatever you need him to do, he’ll do it. Whatever you say to him, he’ll listen.”
Players on two-way contracts may spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster and the remaining time on an NBA G League roster.
Brown was a one and done player out of UCLA. He finished his freshmen season averaging 9.7 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds.
At just 20-years-old, Brown has shown growth and ability to learn on the fly, which has really impressed Lillard.
“I’ve never seen anybody get better from the first day that I came back to now. It’s like a completely different player and I definitely think he’ll make it. He’ll be an NBA player. He’ll have an NBA career. I don’t have any doubt about that,” Lillard said after Tuesday’s practice.
And now, Brown’s NBA career is officially starting in Portland.
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed this week how Brown has been able to make an impact on both ends of the floor during training camp.
“He’s a raw talent. He’s got great length. He’s a good learner… He plays hard. Anything that an agile big man brings to the game -- I mean, he impacts the paint defensively, he actually finishes very well around the basket on the offensive end,” Stotts said.
The NBA allows teams to have two players signed to two-way deals. The Blazers now have both spots filled with Brown and fellow rookie Jaylen Hoard, who signed his two-way contract in early July.