The Oklahoma City Thunder just turned a second-round draft pick into 6'7" small forward Ronnie Brewer.
Brewer will go for a future second-rounder. Clearing roster spot to sign a buyout guy. Also doing favor for a good guy.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) February 21, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 5:55 p.m. EST by Sam Westmoreland
Well, it's official. Ronnie Brewer is a member of the Thunder. Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported the news:
Ronnie Brewer to OKC official. Knicks get 2014 second round pick and cash— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) February 21, 2013
Brewer, 27, began the year as a starter for the Knicks, but shooting woes forced him to the bench, and recently, he was barely seeing the court.
In the 12 games prior to this trade, Brewer had not played more than eight minutes in any single contest, and he didn't play at all in six of those game.
For the season, Brewer is shooting just 36.6 percent from the field, while scoring 3.6 points and grabbing 2.2 rebounds per game.
While his anemic offense has kept him off the court, Brewer, who is a free agent at the end of the season, has some decent value on the defensive side of things.
The Thunder will now have another option to help guard players on the wing. This move will help ease some of the defensive load off Kevin Durant and add to the Thunder's depth.
It is a solid move considering they gave up very little and Brewer has an expiring contract.
Which team will benefit more from this move this season?
The Knicks are receiving next to nothing for Brewer. Second-round picks don't have much value in the NBA anyway, and on top of that, there is no time in the reasonable future where it looks like the Thunders' picks will fall anywhere except near the tail end of rounds.
What the Knicks really get out of this deal is the roster spot alluded to by Berman.
It is safe to expect the Knicks to look for another big to add to the roster to provide depth behind the aging Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby.
HOOPSWORLD's Steve Kyler reported earlier in the day that the Knicks were shopping second-year guard Iman Shumpert. However, while citing sources, Kyler said that Carmelo Anthony was not a fan of this move and let ownership know.
Apparently, they listened.