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Bulls add third ex-Jazz player, sign Brewer

By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Jul 16 2010 2:47PM

NBA sources confirmed on Friday a Bulls.com report that the team has agreed to terms with free agent guard Ronnie Brewer on a three-year, $12.5 million deal.

Chicago moved quickly to secure Brewer, who was being pursued by several teams, after the Orlando Magic matched Chicago's three-year, $20 million offer sheet on guard J.J. Redick earlier Friday.

Brewer will start at shooting guard for the Bulls, who made their third acquisition of a former Jazz player in two weeks. Chicago signed power forward Carlos Boozer to a five-year, $80 million deal, and signed reserve guard Kyle Korver for three years and $15 million.

Brewer only adds to the outstanding offseason haul for Chicago, which hoped to be a player for LeBron James, Chicago native Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. For a while, it looked like the Bulls had a chance to get Wade and Bosh, but when Wade opted to remain in Miami, and convinced James and Bosh to join him, the Bulls had to go to Plan B.

Chicago now sports a starting lineup of emerging star point guard Derrick Rose, Brewer, small forward Luol Deng, Boozer and center Joakim Noah, with Korver and second-year forward Taj Gibson leading the reserves.

Brewer, a career 52 percent shooter, started last season in Utah, where he quickly became a coach and player favorite, but was traded to Memphis at the trade deadline for a future first-round pick. The club said at the time that the move was made to free up playing time for other guards, but many believed Utah did it to save money. Whatever the motivation, Brewer's departure angered All-Star guard Deron Williams, who intimated that the team would have to improve its roster to keep him when his three-year contract extension expired.

The opportunity to start was a key factor in Brewer's picking Chicago over other teams, including the Celtics.

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