On the same day the Orlando Magic matched the Bulls' three-year, $20
million offer sheet on J.J. Redick, the Bulls moved quickly to their
next target, signing former Jazz guard Ronnie Brewer to a three-year,
$12.5 million contract.
A source close to Brewer said the opportunity to start at shooting
guard appealed to him, which is why he turned down an offer from the
defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics.
"This is a great opportunity for him," said Henry Thomas, his
Chicago-based representative. "He can help them at both ends."
Brewer was definitely the next guy in line for me when viewing different players the Bulls could sign outright.
He provides defense, slashing, athleticism, and at least one quality option who can chew up minutes at SG at a cheap price.
The Bulls now have a depth chart that looks something like this:
PG: Rose, veteran backup yet to be signed
SG: Brewer, Korver
SF: Deng, Korver, James Johnson
PF: Boozer, Gibson
C: Noah, Asik
Presumably Korver's going to be playing a lot of SG where he'll likely get killed defensively, but the Bulls have little other choice. They didn't pay him 5 million a season to only backup Loul Deng at the three, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, a healthy Bulls team has limited front court minutes available.
up with some solid ideas on how we can use the rest of our cap space, and given that we have eight to nine million left with few minutes available, I'm a big fan on using some of it to gain extra draft choices while helping other franchises unload their luxury tax burdens.