Moses Brown and Jaylen Hoard are headed back to the Lone Star State.
The Portland Trail Blazers completed two-way transfers of both players to the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, as announced on Monday.
Brown, the 20-year-old center out of UCLA, has played in nine games for Portland, averaging 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. With the Legends, Brown has averaged 14.9 points while shooting 63.8 percent from the field and 49.2 percent from the free-throw line. He’s also adding 7.6 rebounds and 1.41 blocks for the Legends.
Hoard has averaged 2.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 13 games with the Trail Blazers this season. The 20-year-old rookie has been averaging 18.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in 16 games for Texas. He’s been a hot hand for the Legends as of late, posting a double-double 27 points and 16 rebounds in the Legends victory over Agua Caliente on Feb. 7.
It's perfect timing for both players to get some extra work in. The Trail Blazers and the rest of the NBA are on All-Star break. Portland's will return from the break and host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
My goodness, Jaylen Hoard.
The Texas Legends forward went hard in the paint on Thursday night, dropping 27 points, 16 rebounds and a block in the Legends 123-107 win over the AC Clippers. Hoard was 11-18 from the field, 1-4 from three and a perfect 2-2 from the line.
Hoard’s was driving through the lane and perfecting the spin move in traffic for the bucket, but this putback dunk at the 2:34 mark of the second quarter is the stuff of legends. Put it on the highlight reel.
The Portland Trail Blazers completed a two-way transfer of Hoard to the Legends in late January. Before his recent four-hour flight from Portland to Texas, the 6-foot-8, 215 pound forward was averaging 2.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists through 12 games with Portland.
It appears the Trail Blazers rookie is making the most of his time in the G League. In 15 games, Hoard has recorded 18.7 points, seven rebounds and 1.9 assists in 15 games.
Jaylen Hoard has had an up and down season for the Blazers, literally.
The two-way player has been called up and had numerous stints with the Blazers, and has been sent back down numerous times to play with the G-League's Texas Legends.
In fact, the Blazers sent Hoard back down to the G-League on Wednesday.
On Thursday, his first game back with the Legends, Hoard exploded.
Hoard had a career night, scoring 34 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in the Legends' 144-140 victory over the Oklahoma City Blue.
Hoard played his college ball at Wake Forest, as did Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul.
With the Thunder on an off night, the former Demon Deacon star was on hand to support a fellow Wake Forest alum.
Hoard has averaged 2.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 12 games with the Trail Blazers this season. In the G-League, he has averaged 18.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists with the Legends prior to tonight's outburst.