NBA Free Agency: New Chicago Bulls Guard Ronnie Brewer Future All-Star?

July 16th, 2010 by Brian Chappatta Leave a reply »
For those who blinked in the past 24 hours, the Chicago Bulls immediately changed direction in their pursuit of a shooting guard, shifting from the Orlando Magic's J.J. Redick to the Memphis Grizzlies' (and formerly the Jazz's) Ronnie Brewer.

The Magic matched the three-year, nearly $20 million deal for Redick, which threw a wrench into the Bulls' plan of flanking star point guard Derrick Rose with two lethal shooters from long distance.

With the pool of available shooting guards so shallow, and the Bulls losing out on potential targets while Redick's offer sheet handicapped their cap space, it seemed as if Chicago would be stuck without a legitimate shooting guard.

It was a glaring hole last season and it would be a disadvantage in 2010-11 as well.

Rest assured, Ronnie Brewer is a more than satisfactory consolation prize.

In fact, Sam Smith of had this to say about Chicago's latest free agent addition:

"Because of his athletic ability and work ethic, he’s been regarded by some as a potential All-Star after being the No. 14 pick in the 2006 draft. He’s probably not quite at that ...

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