Brewer is a solid defender on the perimeter and could hold his own against the best shooting guards and small forwards in the league. The Bulls knew that this was the player they were getting from the Utah Jazz, but Brewer did not contribute enough offensively to earn 30 or more minutes per game in Chicago. Instead, he averaged 22.0 minutes per game in 2010-11 and 24.8 minutes per contest this past season.
Brewer made $4.71 million in 2011-12, but the Bulls have a team option for the 27-year-old swing man. Brewer filled in nicely in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season for the injured Richard Hamilton, but his inconsistent jump shot returned and his limited offensive skill-set cost him playing time as the season progressed.
The Bulls could save money by letting go of Brewer and moving Jimmy Butler up the depth chart to replace his minutes, which could give the team a little more flexibility to improve in other areas. Another alternative is to pursue a different shooting guard/small forward via free agency.
Here are 10 possible free agents who could replace Brewer's spot on the Bulls roster. These players will not necessarily play the same role as Brewer, but if Butler handles his position, the Bulls have the opportunity to upgrade at other positions.