When the Boston Celtics pulled the trigger on the Kemba Walker trade back in June, they received two big men in return. The most notable was Al Horford, a five-time All-Star with a history of success in Beantown. The other, Moses Brown, a rather unproven commodity, but one oozing with loads of potential packed into a 7-foot-2-inch frame.
No one expected the 21-year-old native New Yorker to challenge Horford or Robert Williams for minutes in the frontcourt from the jump. Yet, the hope was Brown could settle in as a quality big off the bench — this reigned especially true for at least a few hours after last year’s starting center Tristan Thompson was dealt to the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Little did we know, Brown would soon follow Thompson out the door.
The Celtics acquired Josh Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks in the team’s second trade on a busy Friday night. While the details of the deal were yet to be finalized, the belief was that the trade was nothing more than a salary dump from the Mavs’ perspective, who are looking for wiggle room to make a run in free agency — most likely point guard Kyle Lowry. Turns out, they got a bit more than added financial freedom.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania has reported that Moses will head to Dallas as part of the Richardson trade.
Moses made his way to Oklahoma City in 2020, where he carved out a far more substantial role.