Ronnie Brewer Traded To Oklahoma City Thunder From New York Knicks

Bruce Bennett

Former Razorback is headed to the NBA team closest to Fayetteville.

Brewer, who made an appearance in Fayetteville recently for the basketball game against Missouri, was traded to nearby Oklahoma City just before the trade deadline passed on Thursday afternoon.

The Thunder have developed a following in Northwest Arkansas, and those fans are surely thrilled to see Brewer coming so close to home.

Brewer has enjoyed a solid NBA career but has been going through a slump lately. He hasn't played in more than 10 minutes in a game since January 13th, while averaging 24.2 minutes per game throughout his career. Here's to hoping for a great fit in Oklahoma City and giving Arkansas fans another reason to watch the Thunder make another attempt at an NBA championship this year.

Here's the press release from the Thunder.

OKLAHOMA CITY, February 21, 2013 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired forward Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks in exchange for Oklahoma City’s 2014 second round pick and cash considerations. In a separate transaction, the Thunder acquired a trade exception and the rights to forward Georgios Printezis from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guard Eric Maynor, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

“We are pleased to bring in a defensive-minded player like Ronnie, a high-character person who has played for coaches and programs throughout his career that we have a great deal of respect for,” Presti said. “He is a versatile defender with playoff experience that will add depth to our wing positions.”

Brewer (6-7, 225), a seven-year NBA veteran, has played in 464 career games (301 starts) with Utah, Memphis, Chicago and New York. The Fayetteville, Ark. native owns career averages of 8.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.2 minutes per game. He has appeared in 46 playoff contests (17 starts), averaging 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18.4 minutes per contest.

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