Thunder Acquires Ronnie Brewer and Trade Exception in Separate Deals with Knicks and Blazers

OKLAHOMA CITY, February 21, 2013 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired forward Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks in exchange for Oklahoma City’s 2014 second round pick and cash considerations. In a separate transaction, the Thunder acquired a trade exception and the rights to forward Georgios Printezis from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guard Eric Maynor, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

“We are pleased to bring in a defensive-minded player like Ronnie, a high-character person who has played for coaches and programs throughout his career that we have a great deal of respect for,” Presti said. “He is a versatile defender with playoff experience that will add depth to our wing positions.”

Brewer (6-7, 225), a seven-year NBA veteran, has played in 464 career games (301 starts) with Utah, Memphis, Chicago and New York. The Fayetteville, Ark. native owns career averages of 8.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.2 minutes per game. He has appeared in 46 playoff contests (17 starts), averaging 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18.4 minutes per contest.

“The opportunity to acquire a trade exception was important to us strategically as it gives us the roster flexibility that we value,” Presti said. “Eric has been an absolute professional during his time with the Thunder and he will have a very productive career beyond this season.”

Printezis (6-9, 235) was originally drafted with the 58th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and is currently playing overseas with Olympiacos.