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D Roses Bulls
07-01-2010, 04:30 AM
The Grizzlies traded a conditional 2011 first-round pick* to Utah for guard Ronnie Brewer at the deadline last February, seemingly bolstering a pathetic bench for the stretch run, and at the very worst adding a solid asset going forward. Brewer was finishing the fourth year of his rookie contract, setting him up to be a restricted free agent this July. All Memphis had to do to keep the right of first refusal on any contract Brewer signs this summer is to tender a $3.8 million qualifying offer, with the "risk" being that the guard would sign the offer and play for the Grizz for that dollar amount in 2010-11.

The Grizzlies instead passed on making the offer, according to Chris Vernon of 730 AM in Memphis, and Brewer is an unrestricted free agent as of midnight.

This isn't just cheap, it's silly. The Grizz did pick up two guards in last week's draft, promising wing Xavier Henry and potential back-up point guard Greivis Vasquez. But Memphis supposedly wants to chase a playoff spot. An experienced, defensive-minded guard like Brewer surely wouldn't hurt, especially when the risk is a one-year, $3.8 million contract.

Brewer isn't going to draw huge contract offers, even though his 3-1/2 years with Utah proved him to be a fantastic defender and selfless roleplayer, two qualities most teams need. That's precisely the problem with Memphis' decision: There was no downside to offering up the QO. There was an upside: a chance to potentially get another asset in a sign-and-trade, a chance to keep a quality bench player (or, dare I say it, a Rudy Gay replacement, if needed), an opportunity to decide whether Brewer is worth whatever he can convince another team to pay him.



Share9 The Grizzlies are in no way threatened by the luxury tax. If Memphis decided to go after a mid-tier free agent like David Lee or even John Salmons, the team would have had the option of revoking the qualifying offer to Brewer before July 23, assuming Brewer hadn't already signed it (which he in all likelihood would not have done).

This new NBA trend of skipping qualifying offers to potential restricted free agents brought into vogue in the case of Charlie Villanueva, Randy Foye and now Brewer is interesting. But in this particular case, it's maddening. It's akin to taking a middle of the first-round draft pick and setting it on fire.

* The pick will go to Utah if the Grizz make the playoffs next season. If Memphis does not do so, it will be deferred to 2012, unless the Grizz have a top-12 pick then. The protection for 2013 is top 10, top 9 for 2014 and 2015. If it still hasn't been conveyed, Memphis pays Utah $3 million.

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/06/30/grizzlies-shoo-away-ronnie-brewer/

abe_froman
07-01-2010, 04:31 AM
he'd make a good backup for someone

BradyIsTheMan12
07-01-2010, 06:07 AM
Brewer is a solid player, he'll land somewhere.

magichatnumber9
07-01-2010, 06:26 AM
This is good news for contenders.

FarOutIos
07-01-2010, 07:05 AM
Brewer is a solid player, he'll land somewhere.

Wouldn't be a stretch to see him in a kings uniform next season. Only downside is he can't hit the three, and that's what the kings need.

S-Dot
07-01-2010, 08:35 AM
Another solid free agent on the market. The Grizzlies might have wanted to try and keep him.

R_O_W_E
07-01-2010, 08:49 AM
Sounds typical. I knew they weren't going to keep Brewer when they announced they were going to match a contract for Rudy Gay.

People really are sleeping on Brewer? Hes a very good defender and can attack the basket. Young Gerald Wallace.

Draco
07-01-2010, 08:56 AM
anyone want to venture a guess why the Griz traded their conditional 2011 pick for Brewer only to let him go?

R_O_W_E
07-01-2010, 08:58 AM
anyone want to venture a guess why the Griz traded their conditional 2011 pick for Brewer only to let him go?

They thought they could get the 8th seed. Then they completely fell apart down the stretch just like a young team with Zach ****ing Randolph as its team leader would.

slap
07-01-2010, 09:05 AM
Sounds typical. I knew they weren't going to keep Brewer when they announced they were going to match a contract for Rudy Gay.

People really are sleeping on Brewer? Hes a very good defender and can attack the basket. Young Gerald Wallace.


My thoughts too. I was hoping they'd keep him around. They sure need help defending the wing and that was his game. Here is a pretty in depth piece about the financial mechanics:

http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2010/06/30/making-sense-of-the-ronnie-brewer-decision

Lo Porto
07-01-2010, 09:31 AM
Brewer is the type of player the Knicks should go after if they lose out on the big free agents. He'd excel in D'Antoni's uptempo system. He can't shoot, but he can do everything else. I doubt he'd break the bank either.

AllTimeBest
07-01-2010, 09:40 AM
They have several guards. Mike Conley, Xavier Henry, Greivis Vasquez, O.J. Mayo, Jamal Tinsley. Don't need him anymore. Some very good young guards on the Grizzlies.

Kakaroach
07-01-2010, 10:01 AM
They gave the Jazz a first rounder (granted its protected) and they didn't even bother to re-sign him.

Seventh King
07-01-2010, 10:14 AM
Love RB...excellent defender...plays multiple positions...this guy will contribute greatly. Would love him in Chi if they could pick him up for the right cash flow.

jimbobjarree
07-01-2010, 10:16 AM
come back to Utah Ronnie! (even though we dont need you or cant give you much money we still love you!)

theimortalone
07-01-2010, 11:59 AM
Come on Phoenix :pray: Get Brewer, and get rid of Barbosa!

Kakaroach
07-01-2010, 12:00 PM
come back to Utah Ronnie! (even though we dont need you or cant give you much money we still love you!) All of us Jazz fans feel this way, but we don't think he'll be making a come-back to Utah.

soxnfins
07-01-2010, 12:00 PM
So Utah received a free 1st round pick? Wow. I mean, Ronnie Brewer isn't one of the best, but he makes a solid role player type.

nuggetsyankees
07-01-2010, 12:05 PM
he'd be great on the Nuggets, guarding the best players in the league

The Raven
07-01-2010, 12:50 PM
He'd be a great pick up for alot of teams. He's a very solid player who can really help out a team. I find it funny though that Utah got a 1st for him and somehow the Grizz let him go

zambo4president
07-01-2010, 12:52 PM
Brewers a hell of a defender