The Chicago Bulls plan to let shooting guard Ronnie Brewer go, allowing him to become a free agent, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Brewer was slated to make $4.37 million this season, but the contract was fully unguaranteed. Releasing Brewer therefore allows the Bulls to save money under the luxury tax.
Brewer started 43 games for the Bulls last year, averaging 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while playing strong defense. He was originally slated to be a reserve, but ended up starting due to injuries for Richard Hamilton. The Bulls, however, believe they can replace his production with free-agent signee Kirk Hinrich and second-year player Jimmy Butler.
The Bulls have three players on fully non-guaranteed deals: Brewer, point guard C.J. Watson and swingman Kyle Korver. Watson is expected to be let go, while Korver's future with the team is up in the air.