2013 NBA Free Agency: Oklahoma City Thunder Should Let Go of Ronnie Brewer

By Ryan Heckman
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder need to make a decision already. Ronnie Brewer is a good player when given time, but that’s not exactly how I would define his recent season with Oklahoma City.

Brewer has proven to be a solid defensive player and not necessarily the worst option on offense, but the Thunder just simply didn’t use him enough. This summer, the Thunder will have to decide if they will let Brewer go into free agency or bring him back.

With the uncertainty of bringing back Kevin Martin, who will also be a free agent, Brewer looks somewhat more attractive. It is not clear whether the Thunder will attempt to bring Martin back, but even if they don’t, Brewer likely won’t be back either.

Oklahoma City has both Thabo Sefolosha — the current starter — and Jeremy Lamb — who should be with the team next season — at the shooting guard spots. Lamb spent part of last year in the D-League.

Though Sefolosha and Lamb aren’t enough to enter the season with, the Thunder could likely grab another wing via free agency as well. Martin may wind up being too pricy for the type of production he brings Oklahoma City, but then again they could potentially work something out that benefits both sides in the long-term.

I do not see Brewer being a big part of this team if he were to be brought back, thus my opinion that they should not. Letting Brewer walk would be the best option for Oklahoma City, especially because the lack of playing time results in less in-game chemistry built between he and the rest of the team.

Brewer will more than likely find work elsewhere, maybe even with his former team the Chicago Bulls where he was a defensive stand out off the bench.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman“Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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