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Knicks trade Ronnie Brewer to Thunder

Feb 21, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

Knicks forward Ronnie Brewer fouls Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa during their NBA game in New York

The Knicks have traded reserve wing Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder in exchange for a second round draft pick, according to reports from Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

Brewer started the season in New York as an important part of the Knicks rotation, averaging 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds while playing 22.7 minutes per game through the team’s first 15 contests. Brewer shot 46.1 percent from the field during that stretch, as New York got off to an 11-4 start.

Brewer’s production (and subsequently, his minutes) began to decline, and he had fallen out of Mike Woodson’s rotation almost entirely over the Knicks last 15 games.

It’s probably not a coincidence that Brewer’s regression coincided with the return of Iman Shumpert to the Knicks lineup over the team’s last 14 games. Shumpert is quicker, more athletic, and a better overall defender than Brewer is; the writing was on the wall regarding Brewer’s future in New York, both this season and next.

In Brewer, Oklahoma City gets a player who can defend, and a veteran in his eighth season who is playing out an expiring contract that pays him less than $1.1 million. It’s low risk for Oklahoma City, and they may have acquired someone who can sneak into the end of its rotation to play some meaningful minutes as the team heads down the stretch of the regular season.

  1. stayhigh_247 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    this guy has been fortunate to play for some good teams in his career. Utah was always relevant in the west, then Chicago with D Rose, Ny with Melo and now he might get a ring with KD. It sucks to get traded but it could be a helluva lot worse had they shipped him to Charlotte or Sac Town.

  2. qpoiu1 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Nice pick up to play behind KD, he is gonna help them

  3. jetstizzi85 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Free up a roster spot for the Knicks to grab a big man F.A.

    • dangernearing - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Umm, who?

      • money2long - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        kenyon martin as of now

      • dangernearing - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Thought the Heat were in on him?

      • money2long - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        they were, but i guess kmart didn’t feel like waiting until march. he’s waited long already. time to play.

      • dangernearing - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        OH SNAP! #burn

  4. cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Cap space for K-Mart or a big man that gets amnestied.

  5. eventhorizon04 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Knicks just signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract.

    Remarkably, they found a way to become even older…

    • cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Funny, your Heat were just talking to him & wanting to sign him. Just like they persued Camby in the preseason. You didn’t call these guys old when the Heat tried signing them. What a surprise.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      Kidd
      Sheed
      Camby
      Thomas

      these guys are role players, remove them and what happens to the age……
      hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
      stop watching espn.

  6. kavika6 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    I don’t know how Brewer feels about the trade but I’m very happy for him. Now he doesn’t have to play with a bunch of thugs. (except Perkins)

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