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At his pre-game media session, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t specify how he would use recently signed swingman Ronnie Brewer tonight against the Timberwolves.
“We’ll see how it unfolds,” Thibodeau said. “The rotation is pretty much set right now.”
Asked if he’s open to Brewer taking Tony Snell’s spot in the rotation, Thibodeau said, “We’ll see. I like the way the guys have played right now, but things can change, whether it’s through an injury, foul trouble. Everyone needs to be ready.”
The Bulls signed Brewer on Monday, bringing him back to Chicago, where he played from 2010-12. Brewer averaged 6.9 points per game for the Bulls during the 2011-12 season, and 6.2 points per game in 2010-11.
The eight-year NBA veteran played 23 games for the Houston Rockets earlier in the year, averaging 6.9 minutes and 0.3 points per game. The Rockets waived him on Feb. 21.
Timberwolves banged up
The Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said guard J.J. Barea won’t play tonight because of an injury. His absence means the team will play with 10 healthy players tonight against the Bulls.
Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad are expected to miss the rest of the season because of injuries, and center Nikola Pekovic and guard Kevin Martin are doubtful for tonight. The team signed guard Othyus Jeffers yesterday.