The New York Knicks have been in the market for another shooting guard with only J.R. Smith and the injured Iman Shumpert on the current roster to begin the 2012-13 season.
It looks like they may have found their man in former Chicago Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer.
TNT’s David Aldridge (via Twitter) reported, the former Bull will sign with New York on a one-year deal, which figures to be for the minimum salary.
Knicks continue to build backcourt, agreeing 2 terms with ex-Bull Ronnie Brewer on one-year deal, per source. Check the Hang Time Bkog soon.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 24, 2012
Brewer was released by the Bulls earlier this month, and was set to earn $4.37 million, so he’ll take a significant pay cut in joining the Knicks. Having spent their mid-level exception and with no means to sign-and-trade for Brewer, the Knicks can only offer the veteran’s minimum for a player with Brewer’s experience, which will be $1,069,509.
Brewer represents a solid addition to a backcourt that is heavy on point guards, but thin on 2-guards.
Shumpert is out until at least January, so Brewer will likely split time with Smith at shooting guard until Shump is healthy enough to return. He also could see a little bit of time at the three as well.
Brewer is 6’7” with long arms, giving him excellent size for the shooting guard position. He is a terrific defender and will fill the defensive void created by the loss of both Shumpert and Landry Fields.
He averaged 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 24.8 minutes per game this past season, but is regarded as a very unselfish and team oriented player. Those qualities, along with his defensive abilities should fit in very well on a Mike Woodson coached team.
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