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Ronnie Brewer reaches deal to join New York Knicks

Jul 24, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

Ronnie Brewer, Ron Garretson AP

Iman Shupert and his quality wing defense will be out the first couple months of the season as he recovers from knee surgery (and maybe longer as it takes a while to get up to speed).

In his place, the Knicks are bringing in Ronnie Brewer, the two sides have reached a one-year deal according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. This is a good pickup for New York, something they could do because the Bulls did not pick up his $4.3 million option for this season.

Brewer started 43 games for the Bulls last season and played in all 66, giving them 6.9 points per game. But he wasn’t really playing because of his offensive skills, rather it was about the other end of the floor.

The Knicks may start Brewer (as they did Shumpert) and bring J.R. Smith and his scoring off the bench. Brewer was part of the solid role player rotation in Chicago last year and Tom Thibodeau loved how he fit in. Mike Woodson will as well.

  1. demo3356 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Nice Signing! Brewer and Camby will fit nicely with what Woody is trying to do defensively..

  2. omie34 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Man the bulls bench is gone. They clearly gave up on this group which is unfortunate but the right move. Honestly if john wall lives up to his potential I don’t see wats so different with wat the wizards have now and wat chicago has. Star pg with nice players around them..

    • tomossriceenoughsaid - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      the difference is coach thibs and a former mvp

    • blueintown - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      If it’s the right move, then why is it unfortunate?

    • itsthemelman82 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      The Bulls didn’t give up on their bench. Outside of a real shooter (Vlad Rad is no Korver) I’d say it’s possibly stronger. Jimmy Butler might be an upgrade over Brewer. Hinrich can probably match Watson’s production. Losing Asik hurts but that’s more mins for Taj (Nazr Mohammed probably won’t get much time) and Malcolm Thomas looked like slightly small Gibson during summer league so you’d assume he’d be on the roster as well. And there’s Teague as wellDoesn’t sound like a terrible bench to me. Nice pick up for the Knicks while they wait Shumpert to get back as well.

  3. rajbais - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    We’re lottery bound now!!!

    We’re worse than Atlanta!!!

  4. chicagofan - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Dumb move by the Bulls. Their front office sucks.

  5. fnc111 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Very smart move for Chicago. The only way to build this team in the cold Midwest is through the draft and trading. On our way to the number one pick next May!!!!

    • blueintown - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Think you might be overplaying this weather thing at this point?

    • dirtyjersey9er - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Yes because the climate of a city is important when considering what team in a sport that is played indoors in a climate controlled arena to play for. Chicago is also one of the top 3 media markets in the US which will do more to negate the fact that it’s cold up there anyway.

    • philtration - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      What?
      What the hell does the cold have to do with playing basketball indoors?
      The only way the Bulls will build a team is through drafting and trades?
      Is that not how most teams are built?

      If you really believe that the Bulls are going to get lucky and have the number one pick fall into their laps again then you have bigger issues than the cold weather.
      Must be a Cub fan.

      • passerby23 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Well, free agency is the other way to build a team, which is exactly what the Bulls are trying to do. They are carving up their bench in an attempt to make a big splash next year in free agency. I think it is a gamble worth taking given how long Rose will be out this year.

        On the Knicks side, this is a great signing. They will be deeper and much better defensively. I’m still not sold on their chemistry at the offensive end as long as Melo’s isolation play is the focal point of their offense.

    • itsthemelman82 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Do you REALLY believe what you’re saying about this whole cold weather & midwest thing? Please say no!

  6. jetstizzi85 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Another nice signing by the Knicks. Getting quality ball players with defensive skills. Mike Woodson is getting the pieces he needs and wants around this core.

    Put up or shut up year for us….go get it!!

    • Kevin S. - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      More like the first nice signing for the Knicks. Ronnie Brewer for the minimum is a move any team should be all over, but he fits particularly well with the Knicks and their need for wing defenders. Brewer covers for Shumpert’s spot now, and I can see some smallball lineups later involving Melo at the four (where he’s killer effective) with three lockdown defenders at the two, three and five.

  7. jolink653 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I really like this signing a lot, especially for the price at which we got him and he’ll be much better as the starter at the 2 spot…this way JR Smith’s minutes can be limited and he can come off the bench when they need some extra offense and Brewer can hold it down until Shump comes back…Knicks have really impressed with some of the moves they’re made this offseason

  8. jolink653 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I really like this signing a lot, especially for the price at which we got him and he’ll be much better as the starter at the 2 spot…this way JR Smith’s minutes can be limited and he can come off the bench when they need some extra offense and Brewer can hold it down until Shump comes back…Knicks have really impressed with some of the moves they’ve made this offseason

  9. knightrider1755 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Great defensive pickup but adds little to offense. Good replacement for Shumpert and at a good price.

  10. 91devinhester23 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    chicago’s finest brew
    :(

  11. soflasfinest - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Finally a good and respectable move by the Knicks. Took them long enough

  12. dysraw1 - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    love Ronnie’s G. good move by orange & blue with the vets and coach in place we should manage to give the Heat & Celts a few more problems

  13. chicagosworth - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    He was good in Chicago but just consistent enough to keep. Ok moves for the Bulls.

  14. chicagosworth - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Inconsistent*

  15. sp718 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Quality balls players Knicks going in right direction

  16. 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    Love, love, love what the Knicks are doing.

  17. fanz928 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    With melo and stat you will need a point guard who could pass like a pass only pg Jason Kidd fits but he’s too old u need rondo

  18. gatordontplay - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Ball so hard

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