Knicks trade Ronnie Brewer to Thunder

New York Knicks Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has acquired a 2014 second-round draft choice and cash considerations from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Ronnie Brewer.

“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,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. “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.

“The opportunity to acquire a trade exception was important to us strategically as it gives us the roster flexibility that we value,” Presti said. “Eric has been an absolute professional during his time with the Thunder and he will have a very productive career beyond this season.”

According to multiple reports, the Knicks will use the open roster spot to sign veteran forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract.