Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Bulls re-sign Brewer
Chicago Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer speaks during a news conference Monday, July 19, 2010 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
FAYETTEVILLE Ronnie Brewer is back in the NBA and back in Chicago.
Brewer signed with the Bulls on Monday, rejoining a franchise for which he played two seasons from 2010-12. Brewer was cut by Houston in February after playing in 23 games with the Rockets.
"I’m very excited to be playing with (coach Tom Thibodeau)," Brewer told the Chicago Tribune. "He’s a tough coach. I play hard and try to hustle. That’s the type of players he likes. I’m just happy to be back with some of my old teammates.
"I think I can help this team."
Chicago is 45-32 and is currently tied for the third-best record in the NBA's eastern division with less than two weeks left in the regular season.
Brewer has been working out in Fayetteville since he was released by the Rockets earlier this year. Since leaving Chicago in 2012, Brewer has been on rosters for the Knicks and Thunder in addition to the Rockets.
After playing three seasons at Arkansas, Brewer was drafted 14th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2006 NBA Draft. He played four seasons in Utah, averaging 10.2 points per game in his second and third seasons.
Brewer has averaged less than five points per game since leaving Utah but has been valued by teams for his defense.