Ronnie Brewer dealt to OKC
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One night after giving up 46 points to guard James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder made a move to shore up their bench by acquiring Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks for a 2014 second-round pick and cash considerations, Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald confirmed Thursday.
Brewer began the season in the Knicks' starting lineup but had fallen out of coach Mike Woodson's rotation after a prolonged shooting slump. Brewer also became expendable when second-year guard Iman Shumpert returned from an ACL injury in mid-January. In his seven-year career, Brewer has averaged 8.4 points per game, but has been known more for his defensive effort.
He signed a veteran's minimum contract with the Knicks this past summer.
2013 NBA Trade Deadline
Follow all of the NBA trade deadline action with ESPN.com's Trade Tracker. Here's a quick look at Thursday's deals:
|Bucks receive||Magic receive|
|J.J. Redick; Gustavo Ayon; Ish Smith||Tobias Harris; Beno Udrih; Doron Lamb|
|Celtics receive||Wizards receive|
|Jordan Crawford||Leandro Barbosa; Jason Collins|
|Blazers receive||Thunder receive|
|Eric Maynor||$2.2M trade exception; rights to Georgios Printezis|
|Raptors receive||Suns receive|
|Sebastian Telfair||Hamed Haddadi; 2nd-round pick|
|Mavericks receive||Hawks receive|
|Anthony Morrow||Dahntay Jones|
|Thunder receive||Knicks receive|
|Ronnie Brewer||2nd-round pick|
|Magic receive||Bobcats receive|
|Hakim Warrick||Josh McRoberts|
|Grizzlies receive||Heat receive|
|Dexter Pittman; 2nd-round pick||Rights to Ricky Sanchez|
Maynor, who is coming off major knee surgery, had lost his spot in the Thunder's rotation and will become a backup to Blazers star rookie Damian Lillard. Maynor averaged 2.8 points in 37 games for the Thunder this season.
"Eric is a player we have valued and pursued for some time," Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said in a statement. "His skill level and character will be excellent additions to our culture on and off the floor."
The Thunder are second in the Western Conference at 39-15 but have lost three straight. They are second in the league in scoring but 16th in points allowed per game.
Grunwald was highly complimentary of Brewer on Thursday for accepting his diminished role without complaining.
"He's a great guy and a good player. An opportunity came up where a good situation, a very good (team), like the Oklahoma City Thunder, were interested in him," he said. "We wanted to help him out as best we could and put him in a good situation. In doing that we were able to create some roster flexibility for our team."
The Knicks, who are second in the Eastern Conference at 32-19, also have agreed to terms with veteran big man Kenyon Martin.
Wallace has been out since mid-December with a stress reaction in his left foot. Camby has been sidelined since mid-January with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.
Both players returned to practice Tuesday, but there is no specific timetable for either's return.
Grunwald said he expects both Wallace and Camby to return this season but called Martin "insurance" in case they can't.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley, ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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