Ronnie Brewer has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a future second round pick, according to various reports. The trade opens up a roster space for the Knicks, who many expect to pursue a free agent in the coming days and weeks.
As numerous trade options spiraled about the Knicks camp — most of which involved a potential trade of Iman Shumpert — Ronnie Brewer became the most movable piece the Knicks had to offer. Looking at a team that virtually had no way to improve a very strong roster based around the scoring efforts of Carmelo Anthony, trading for roster space was a smart move, even if it doesn’t have a major impact.
The Knicks will now be able to pursue possible free agent candidates, including Lou Amundson, Jermaine O’Neal and Kenyon Martin.
Brewer, who could fit well in OKC’s system, has the potential to be a good steal for the Thunder. While he did produce strong play for the Knicks at the beginning of the season, Brewer’s productivity has decreased steadily over time. After beginning the season in the starting lineup, Brewer had assumed a much smaller role — even so far as not playing at all in close games — heading into the trade deadline crunch time.
So, what should the Knicks do with their open roster spot? Reports have indicated interest in the above-mentioned bigs, but should they instead pursue guard depth? What does everyone think?