LAS VEGAS -- New Chicago Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer may not have been the player the organization wanted most when the free agency period started over two weeks ago, but that doesn't mean coach Tom Thibodeau isn't happy to have him.
"I think his length and athleticism, defensive mindset, [he's] a slasher, a cutter," Thibodeau said in an interview with ESPNChicago.com after the Bulls finished up their summer league schedule on Sunday. "A guy who's terrific on the break; his energy, those are all things we're looking for him to bring to our team."
Brewer agreed to a three-year, $12.5 million deal with the Bulls on Friday and is expected to be officially introduced to the media on Monday. Bulls general manager Gar Forman moved quickly to lock up the 25-year-old swingman after the Orlando Magic matched the three-year, $20 million offer sheet that Redick signed with the Bulls two weeks ago.
With Brewer's signing, along with the free-agent acquisitions of Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver, the Bulls have locked up three former members of the Utah Jazz. While the three players would appear to make the Bulls a much better team alongside young stars such as Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, some view the Bulls' offseason as a failure because they did not land LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh, all of whom signed with the Miami Heat.
Thibodeau, a first-time NBA head coach who was hired on June 23, disagrees and believes his new team is going to be very solid.
"I certainly don't look at it as a failure," Thibodeau said. "Obviously, getting Carlos Boozer is terrific for us and then adding Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer to go along with the core of young players that we have. I think we've done very well."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.