Posted on: July 16, 2010 3:02 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 3:03 pm
LAS VEGAS -- The Bulls missed out on their top free-agent targets, but have quietly put together an impressive offseason. That offseason became more impressive Friday when they agreed to terms with free-agent guard Ronnie Brewer, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to CBSSports.com.
Brewer agreed to a three-year, $12.5 million deal with the final year non-guaranteed, the person familiar with the agreement said. As Royce Young points out , Brewer joins Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver among Bulls GM Gar Forman's summer acquisitions. It isn't exactly a Big Three on the order of Miami's Dwyane Wade-LeBron James-Chris Bosh trio, but the Bulls have surrounded Derrick Rose with a quality supporting cast that should put them among the favorites in the East.
With the addition of Boozer, Korver and now Brewer, the Bulls have now poached three members of the 2009-10 Jazz -- although Brewer was traded to Memphis last season. Brewer averaged 8.8 points in 58 games with the Jazz and Grizzlies and is expected to be the Bulls' starting shooting guard.
The Bulls will have something else in common with the Jazz next season: They'll have a 7-foot center from Turkey. To less fanfare than the other signings, the Bulls also brought Omer Asik to the states with a three-year, approximately $4 million deal. Bulls officials are high on Asik's potential and spent the past few weeks touting his arrival to free agents they were recruiting. The Bulls even signed Scottie Pippen, for crying out loud -- not to play, but to serve as the team's ambassador.