On Monday morning the Chicago Bulls agreed to terms with free agent, and former bench mob member, Ronnie Brewer. Brewer was waived by the Houston Rockets after they failed to trade him at the deadline in February. The Bulls opened a roster spot when they waived seldom used forward Erik Murphy last week.
The return of Brewer means that head coach Tom Thibodeau has another trusted defender on his bench as the team gears up for a playoff run. While Brewer won’t be leading the team in points or rebounds, he will certainly add stability and depth to this Bulls team. In his previous stint with Chicago, Brewer was a key component to the aptly named bench mob — an endearing term the Bulls’ bench players gave to themselves — that helped lead the team to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011. The veteran leadership that he can help provide to a locker room full of familiar faces could be invaluable.
One thing that this signing does show is that the Bulls front office believes in this team every bit as much as Joakim Noah does. When the Bulls traded All-Star Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers early this year, many speculated that the team would fold and end the season as a lottery team. Instead Noah and Thibodeau have led their team on an inspiring run as they chase the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. By bringing in Brewer, the front office is giving Thibodeau as much ammunition as they can muster as he leads his team into the playoffs. Far from tanking for a lottery pick, wouldn’t you say?