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The Bulls make a good value signing with Ronnie Brewer, but at what cost?

Jul 16, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

The Chicago Bulls have been looking to upgrade their wing production this off-season, but in their close-minded desire to achieve that goal, they’ve made a bit of an odd move. According to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, Chicago will sign shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to a three-year, $12.5 million deal. For those counting at home, that’s three members of the Utah Jazz roster that have made their way to Chicago. Tom Thibodeau and Jerry Sloan are clearly men of similar tastes.

Brewer’s a good player. And $12.5 million over three years is good value for him. The problem is that with a starting lineup already devoid of three-point shooting, the Bulls just added a guy who didn’t make or attempt a single three last season, and has a career mark of .234 from beyond the arc. Chicago improved their power forward rotation by signing Carlos Boozer, but without anyone to space the floor in the starting lineup, Boozer, Derrick Rose, and Joakim Noah will face plenty of defensive pressure.

Defensively, Brewer is a great fit. He’s a good defender at either wing position, but should solidify Chicago’s coverage at the 2. That’s clearly important to Tom Thibodeau, but at what cost to the offense? Rose, Brewer, Luol Deng, Boozer, and Noah are all sure to see major minutes (a lot of them as a unit), and their non-complementary skill sets should limit the Bulls’ potential for offensive growth next season.

  1. JK - Jul 16, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    They did get Kyle Korver. So they have that going for the, which is nice.

  2. mr. cheeks - Jul 16, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    didn’t the bulls sign Kyle Korver as well ??

  3. hoj - Jul 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    i guess we will see how well rose has improved his 3 point shooting, the bulls still have money to spend as well but the 3 point shooters should all be locked up. personally i would have liked to see the bulls go after shaun livingston but that stupid idiotic offer sheet that should have never happened handcuffed them. i think this clearly clears the way for brad miller and a back up pg. then the bulls can literally do one for one substitutions. they may want to keep summer league players derrick byers or morris almond but still offensivly, this is a let down. on the other hand, brewer should be able to keep wade from making him look silly

  4. Jabberwocky - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Umm…they attempted to sign Redick. What more would you want them to do? Plus, I don’t think they’re done dealing yet.

  5. hoj - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    because of his athletism and youth and defense, it’s more likely that brewer will start ahead of korver. korver is a good pickup, but not a starter. you know bosh vs boozer is a realitve wash. if rose is the 3 point shooter he now claims to be, him vs wade stat for stat should be about even with wade a little higher on points, rose a little higher on assists and boards about equal, and deng can at least make lebron work harder than lebron wishes to. and deng can get 18 and 7. miller and korver can offset eachother and noah will destroy ilgauskus. gibson and haslem are about the same guy. and if we have brad miller that could be a better situation for us. omar asik vs that jarvis varnado are about a wash as well as they are both question marks. so if you kinda add it up, we will average about a 7 point loss to miami. moral victory anyone? LOL no our defense should improve at the 2 and that’s not a bad thing, saves your double teams for more opportune moments instead of needy moments.

  6. rog - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    3 point shooting is important, but defense wins championships. Yes reddick was a three point threat, but I would trade a small 2 guard for a legit defender anytime, especially with Kyle korver on the bench and Lucas #3 comin in to his own in the summerleague. I say sign Brad and add Lucas, and just like Booz said, we’re ready to fight!

  7. rog - Jul 16, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    3 point shooting is important, but defense wins championships. Yes reddick was a three point threat, but I would trade a small 2 guard for a legit defender anytime, especially with Kyle korver on the bench and Lucas #3 comin in to his own in the summerleague. I say sign Brad and add Lucas, and just like Booz said, we’re ready to fight!

  8. Cory - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Im fine with the signing I guess hopefully we do something to get Rudy Fernandez though if not it doesn’t matter the Chicago Jazz im sorry the Bulls will be just fine this upcoming season..

  9. Henry - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    I agree totally about the defense, but that was what Matt Barnes could have been JJ starts for shooting and Matt comes off the bench for defense

  10. MC Welk - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    They should start Korver and bring Brewer off the bench with the second unit. He can handle the ball some as well.

  11. Ross - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    I totally disagree this move cost the Bulls. if the Bulls signed Reddick they lose on D. I would much rather have a SG who plays defense. Korver is going to be your 3 point guy along with Rose increasing his 3 point numbers. I think on a given night this team matches up nicely against anyone (even Miami)!

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