If anything was evident from last nights horrible performance against the Indiana Pacers it's that the New York Knicks are in need of some changes. They likely need a lineup change, they need a change in effort and perhaps even a roster change. After the game the Knicks let it be known around the league that the under used Ronnie Brewer was on the trade block.
Ronnie Brewer is a 6'7", 225 pound shooting guard/small forward from Portland, Oregon. He attended high school in Fayetteville, Arkansas and was named Arkansas Mr. Basketball in 2003. He was drafted 14th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2006 NBA Draft.
He played for the Jazz from 2006-10, the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010, the Chicago Bulls from 2010-12 and signed with the New York Knicks this past off-season.
Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork reports via has Twitter account that the Knicks have made Ronnie Brewer available for trade.
Sources tell me the
#Knicks are shopping Ronnie Brewer. Not sure for who. J. O'Neal (via trade) & L. Amundson (via pickup) are also targets.
There are two ways to look at Brewer being put on the trading block. First, he's almost never used so why not trade him and get something for him? Two, he was brought here to play defense and the team is struggling on the defensive end so why wouldn't we play him instead of trading him?
Both are valid stances. After all, Brewer was signed to give the Knicks someone to help them transition between the time when Iman Shumpert was rehabbing and when he returned. That's why once Shumpert was back Brewer saw his minutes drop dramatically.
The numbers show that not only has Shumpert struggled in his return but that the Knicks are better off playing Brewer. That being said, Mike Woodson knows that Shumpert is the future of the franchise and wants to play him into shape. That's landed Brewer on the bench.
It only strengthens the point that although Brewer should probably be used, if he's not going to be, perhaps he and the team are better off going their separate ways. A trade will likely not bring much back. Brewer would likely only bring back a second round pick or a marginal player but that might be what's best for the Knicks.
If the Knicks can turn Brewer into someone like Jermaine O'Neal who could be used and give the Knicks depth in a weak area it is a worthy move. If they turn an unused player into a draft pick it is worth it. More so, if the Knicks traded him for a pick he'd get the chance to play elsewhere which is good for him and it would open up a roster spot for someone else. Perhaps the Knicks would sign Kenyon Martin, Louis Amundson or someone else on the open market.
We still have to wait and see what happens as far as the Knicks being involved in trades for Jermaine O'Neal or anyone else. They could try to get Jared Dudley as well. The Phoenix Suns are a good trade partner since they're under the salary cap. Perhaps they can land both with a package including Brewer. What we do know though is that the trade deadline is at 3PM this afternoon. Although there is usually a trade or two reported afterwards because it was being okayed by the league, we should pretty much know what the roster will look like in less than an hour.