Thursday, July 26, 2012

Knicks Sign Ronnie Brewer

Knicks Sign Ronnie Brewer

The New York Knicks and shooting guard/small forward Ronnie Brewer agreed to a contract Wednesday.  Terms of the contract were not made known by the club per team policy, but it is believed to be a one year deal worth the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million.

This is a good signing just on value alone for the Knicks, as Brewer had seen his per year salary rise his first six years in the NBA, playing for $4.7 million this past season with the Bulls.

The 6’7” Brewer has career averages of 9.0 points per game on 50.1% shooting in his six seasons in the NBA with Utah, Memphis and Chicago.

The Knicks like what Brewer brings on defense more than what his offensive game is.  Brewer will be relied upon early on to be the stopper, a role left vacant with the injury to Iman Shumpert. 

Brewer should be penciled into the starting lineup, as he has started 267 out of 418 games in the NBA; Him starting would also allow the Knicks to move J.R. Smith back to 6th man, a role both him and the Knicks would benefit more from. 

The Bulls declined his $4.37 million option, letting Brewer to instead test the market.  After not finding many suitors, he settled for a one year deal with a contender in the Knicks. 

Brewer is the latest in a flurry of moves made by General Manager Glen Grunwald this off-season for the Knicks.  With the roster now standing at 14 players, the Knicks are expected to look into adding another veteran power forward.  Keep an eye on Kenyon Martin and Andray Blatche as two potential targets.

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