The Chicago Bulls have agreed to terms with forward Ronnie Brewer for the rest of the season.
Brewer, who played for the Bulls 2010-12, will provide backcourt depth; more importantly he will provide Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy much needed breathers come playoff time.
The 6′ 7 guard appeared in 23 games this season for the Houston Rockets before being cut. Brewer averaged 0.3 points and 0.6 rebounds with only about six minutes per game.
The hard-nosed defender is excited to get a second chance to wear a Bulls jersey, but even more thrilled to be coached again by Tom Thibodeau.
“I’m very excited to be playing for Thibs,” Brewer said after practice. “He’s a tough coach, and I know his accolades. I play hard, try and hustle, and that’s the type of players he likes. I’m just glad to be back with some of my old teammates.”
Brewer isn’t expecting to receive big minutes from Thibodeau; however the Bulls head coach is always happy to add another body to the rotation.
“We’re excited to have him back,” Thibodeau said. “I thought he did a great job for us the last time we had him. He’s a good pro. He stays ready. He’s a good fit in terms of character and experience.”
This was an easy decision for the Bulls. They desperately needed another man in the rotation with sixth man Taj Gibson and D.J Augustin eating big minutes. Brewer was with the Chicago Bulls team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals. Unlike Jimmer Fredette, Brewer can adjust quickly because of his familiarity with Thibodeau’s system.
Furthermore, coach Thibodeau also acknowledged that Bulls GM, Gar Forman, is looking to add another player or two for the upcoming postseason. Reports say that veteran point guard and former Chicago Bull Mike James is the leading candidate.
Brewer will wear number 11, as he did in his previous stint with Chicago.
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