Bulls waive Erik Murphy, signing Ronnie Brewer next?

Bulls waive Erik Murphy, signing Ronnie Brewer next?
April 3, 2014, 4:15 pm
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The Bulls announced Thursday that they waived rookie power forward Erik Murphy, their second-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

A familiar face, veteran swingman Ronnie Brewer, worked out Thursday at the Berto Center, according to a league source, and could be signed by the Bulls in the near future.

Brewer, who played for the Bulls in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, was waived by Houston on Feb. 22 after playing sparingly for the Rockets this season.

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Signing Brewer, who is known for his defense and being a solid locker-room presence, would provide the Bulls with additional wing depth, something that would be needed for a potential first-round playoff series with Brooklyn, which features the likes of All-Star Joe Johnson, future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, floor general Deron Williams and 6-foot-8 point guard Shaun Livingston, among others, not to mention help the team if they were to match up with defending-champion Miami, with reigning MVP LeBron James and All-Star shooting guard Dwyane Wade, down the line.

Brewer began last season as a starter in New York, but fell out of the Knicks' rotation before getting a midseason trade to Oklahoma City, where he seldom played and then encountering a similar situation this season in Houston.