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Oklahoma City Thunder: The pride factor in trading for Ronnie Brewer

DEADLINE DEALS -- The Thunder's pride has been on the line. It's defense has sagged. A reinforcement is on the way.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 22, 2013 at 7:35 am •  Published: February 21, 2013

Brewer likely will come off the bench behind and help solidify a second string that has struggled with consistency throughout the season. He would join Kevin Martin and Nick Collison as the team's most experienced reserves.

But the most significant aspect of Brewer's acquisition is that his skills and infectious energy on defense could help shore up the slippage that's been seen on that end in recent weeks.

Oklahoma City has allowed 105.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting in its past 10 road games. The next three away from Chesapeake Energy Arena will come against offensive juggernauts like Denver, the Los Angeles Clippers and Knicks.

Down the line, Brewer also gives the Thunder another option to defend LeBron James if the Thunder and Heat meet again in a Finals rematch.

Presti, however, said the move wasn't made with the team's recent struggles or the possibility of again meeting Miami in mind.

“We've consistently said that we feel like in order to be a consistent team and a team that plays at the highest end of the spectrum we've got to be an elite defensive team,” Presti said. “So we're always looking for opportunities to add versatile defenders.

“We want to continue to build a very versatile team so that Scott and the coaching staff has options throughout the course of a season, game or series.”

Brewer is not expected to play Friday against Minnesota. It's possible that he makes his Thunder debut Sunday against Chicago.