New York Knicks News: Free Agent Ronnie Brewer on NYC's Radar

TJ Nagy@@tj_nagyAnalyst IIIJuly 12, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 05: Ronnie Brewer #11 of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center on March 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 92-72. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After splitting ties with the Chicago Bulls, restricted free agent Ronnie Brewer has generated "some interest" from the New York Knicks, according to ESPN

With only a few roster spots remaining, the Knicks are looking to add a few more key players during a very promising offseason so far. As of now, shooting guards are looking like a top priority—especially with Iman Shumpert expected to miss the first few months of next season, and Landry Fields likely on his way to Toronto to the tune of three years and $20 million.

Brewer—a six-year swingman out of Arkansas—is known primarily for his very strong perimeter defensive skills, averaging 1.4 SPG for his career. In retrospect, this could be a very good move to help bolster the Knicks bench, especially while Shumpert recovers. 

Unlike other recent Knicks addition (and athletic freak) James White, Brewer is more of a lockdown player with a few flashy highlights to his name. He's still the kind of player, though, who can perform day in and day out off the bench for just about any team. 

Brewer struggled a bit last year in Chicago while starting in place for the injured Richard Hamilton. His FG percentage was only at 43 percent last season to go along with an atrocious 56 perent from the foul line. But he remained healthy and saw action in every game for the Bulls in 2011-2012. 

If the Knicks can get Brewer for the veteran's minimum, I think it's a move that they should seriously consider. Especially with all of the offensive talent already on this team, adding a guy like Brewer could provide the Knicks with two very strong defensive shooting guards (Shump and Brewer) to go along with two more very athletically gifted ones (White and J.R. Smith). 

The Knicks are also reportedly trying to acquire Brewer through a sign-and-trade that would send Dan Gadzuric to Chicago. Let's also not forget, though, that the addition of Brewer would definitely mean the end of Fields in a Knicks jersey.

Either way though, a move like this would be a promising one for New York. It has the capability to strengthen both their bench and defensive depth.

And they can get him for cheap—which in New York, is pretty hard to find just about anywhere.