Click here to Skip to main content

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 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.

photoKyrie Irving Highlights at Cavaliers Training Camp
The best of Kyrie Irving at Cavaliers practice as Cleveland looks to start their season
photoLeBron James Highlights at Cavaliers Training Camp
The best of LeBron James at Cavaliers practice as Cleveland looks to start their season
photoAndre Drummond Crushes Workout
A look at Pistons star, Andre Drummond, as he goes through a workout to get ready for the upcoming season.
photoRichard Jefferson Returns Home
Richard Jefferson returns back to Moon Valley High School in Phoenix with the Championship trophy.
photoBreaking News: Ben Simmons Injures Foot
Philadelphia 76ers' forward and No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Ben Simmons, injures his foot today during the final scrimmage of the teams' training camp. Stay tuned to for updates.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.