Oct 7, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT
All summer long there was talk about players trying to get to Miami or New York or Chicago — nobody wanted to be in the small markets, everybody wanted to go big time.
Not Ronnie Brewer.
He wanted to stay on Utah, but they didn’t want him, Brewer told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. So he was part of the “sort of big three” that went from Utah to the Bulls.
“I kept in constant conversation with my agent (Henry Thomas) every day,” Brewer said in an interview with FanHouse before a preseason game against Dallas on Thursday, the second straight game Brewer has missed due to a sore right hamstring. “[Jazz GM] Kevin O’Connor didn’t contact me or (Thomas) even though I guess he said he did. He said that he was going to get back with them and he said he was going to get back with me. And he didn’t really pursue (it).”
The two sides couldn’t reach a deal for an extension after the 2009 season, so this is the result. Which is not all bad for Brewer — Utah and the Bulls are both good teams, but the Bulls future looks brighter with a young core. Brewer’s defensive mindset likely will earn him minutes under Tom Thibodeau.
The other bright side Brewer: Way better pizza in Chicago. Way. Better.
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