When the Bulls opted not to pick up Ronnie Brewer’s $4.37 million option for the 2012-13 season, GM Gar Forman told Brewer’s agent the team might re-sign Ronnie at a reduced rate, most likely the veteran’s minimum.
That’s no longer an option.
Swingman Ronnie Brewer will be joining the New York Knicks, according to his agent, Henry Thomas.
Thomas would not disclose the terms of the deal, but it’s reportedly a one-year contract and likely for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million, which is all the Knicks could offer.
With Jimmy Butler’s stellar play in the NBA Summer League and the team’s other signings and proposed signings (Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, Nazr Mohammed, Vladimir Radmanovic), it has become reasonably clear that Brewer wasn’t coming back.
Of course, with the Bulls looking for decent players on the cheap, you’d think they could have coughed up the vet’s minimum for a guy who had played hard and well for them the past two seasons.
Then again, this might simply be a sign that they want to give more minutes to Butler to hasten his development.
Update: ESPNChicago published Ronnie’s goodbye tweet to Chicago and Bulls fans:
S/0 to Chicago the city, fans, and players. The organization was great and everyone I’ve come across as well. On to the next chapter.