NBA Free Agency is in full swing, and you already know all you need to know about the marquee names, except where they will end up, of course.
But you are here because you want to know where the role players will end up. These are the players that will take your team over the top. You need superstars, but they cannot do it alone.
Ronnie Brewer is one of those guys. Traded from the Utah Jazz to Memphis last season, Brewer tore his hamstring and only played five games.
So, what’s Ronnie Brewer’s situation heading into the NBA Free Agency period?
Years in NBA: 4
2009-10 Stats: Because Brewer was hurt we will use his Jazz stats: 31 mpg, 9.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg, 49.5% FG
Brewer is a talented young player who has room to grow with the right opportunity. He had two solid seasons in Utah before last season, when he saw his production dip.
But he still has plenty of time to develop in this league.
Brewer’s weakness is his three-point shooting (23.4% career), but he provides athleticism that many teams could crave off the bench. He also provides a solid defensive presence that teams are always in need of.
So, who could be in line for Brewer’s services this offseason?
If the Bulls get the huge free agency haul they are expecting, then they will be set for a title run.
They will have the offense they need, but what about a defensive stopper? Brewer could be the perfect cheap option off the bench to come in for some energy and defense during a Bulls title run. The Bulls already have a good defensive stopper down low in Joakim Noah, so it would be logical to add a perimeter piece to the defensive puzzle.
He doesn’t have championship pedigree, but he does have playoff experience with the Jazz. I’m sure Brewer would love a chance to join up with a playoff team again after being shipped to Memphis for the end of last season.
The same thing goes with the Heat. They will get some nice pieces, but they also need a defensive stopper.
The Heat only have two players under contract, so they are a more likely suitor for someone like Brewer than the Bulls.
Plus, you know Pat Riley loves his defense.
Brewer would be a nice option off the bench and would help lock down the opposition with Dwyane Wade.
With Milwaukee acquiring Chris Douglas-Roberts and Corey Maggette, they now have the offense they need to make a playoff run.
But they are in need of a defensive stopper to come in off the bench.
With John Salmons opting out, they have the space to plug Brewer in.
Plus, Scott Skiles loves rugged and tough players, so he would fit right in. I’m sure Skiles would love to grab one of the top defenders on the market to help him make his push for the playoffs.
The Celtics obviously have bigger concerns right now, with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in limbo.
But Brewer would fill a lot of needs for the defending Eastern Conference Champs.
He would provide a replacement for Tony Allen, who the Celtics may decide not to re-sign.
Brewer is a good defender on a defensive-oriented team, so he would fit right in as an option off the bench.
He is also young, and youth is something the Celtics desperately need.
He doesn’t have the shooting that James Posey had, but he could potentially fill a similar role as Posey did a few years back.
The Spurs might have their eyes set on bigger fish now that Richard Jefferson opted out, but Brewer provides many of the same qualities that the Celtics would be looking for in Brewer.
He provides a defensive stopper off the bench, something the Spurs never mind taking on, especially with Bruce Bowen no longer around. Brewer doesn’t shoot as well as Bowen, but that might not matter if the Spurs can pick up another player.
And, like the Celtics, the Spurs are in need of a youth transfusion on their aging roster. He could provide some rest for Manu Ginobili or come in off the bench for defense or energy.
Assuming the Spurs don’t bring in somebody expensive to replace Jefferson, I think Brewer could be a very nice piece for their roster.