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Sam Presti has done it again folks — Moses Brown has been snagged on a bargain.
As first reported by ESPN writer Royce Young, Thunder big man Moses Brown has been signed to a four-year contract worth $6.4 million.
Exact dollar amounts on Moses Brown’s yearly salaries have not been announced, but the big man will have non-guaranteed money for seasons two-and-three while his fourth and final year will come off a team option. If Brown’s contract follows course, he will enter restricted free agency at age 25.
Brown adds to Presti’s three-year of two-way contracts being promoted to a standard contract, as he follows suit of Lu Dort from a season ago, and the trendsetter — Deonte Burton. A streak that Mark Daigneault credits all of these players for, and the scout team for doing their due diligence.
Mark Daigneault mentioned that conversations over Moses Brown’s new deal initially sparked after his Orlando campaign, but you’d have to imagine his double-double average of 12.4 points and 12.3 rebounds since his return only incentivized reaching an agreement.
Moses Brown, if everything comes to fruition, will enter restricted free agency with rookies Aleksej Pokusevski and Theo Maledon at the closure of the 2023-24 season.
Brown’s contract projects to that of a second-round evaluation, as the 30th pick in this season draft, Desmond Bane, would be set to make $9.9 million over the next four years barring his team option is exercised — that’s $3.5 million more than Moses Brown. Though all second-round picks are separately negotiated, Kenyon Martin Jr., the 52nd pick in the draft, will make $6.1 million if he finishes his four-year contract — Martin Jr. is making the league minimum for a four-year contract, Brown is making only $300k more than Martin Jr.
As for now, Brown only has 16 regular-season games under his belt for the year, but with Al Horford out — expect the big man to play a major role, for now, and even the future.