This is the 13th post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class.
Player: Ronnie Brewer
Former team: Chicago Bulls
Type of free agent: Unrestricted
Positives: The Lakers may have taken care of their point-guard needs by acquiring Steve Nash. But the Lakers still have one glaring weakness. They lack someone who can consistently defend in the backcourt. Both Nash and Steve Blake are sub-par defenders, while Kobe Bryant needs to conserve his energy to score. That's where Brewer comes into the picture.
He has quick feet. Brewer's 10th-place ranking among shooting guards last season in steals (1.09) reflects his strength in spacing and playing off the passing lanes. His 6-foot-7 frame gives him a huge height advantage at shooting guard both in defending and in crashing the glass (averaged 3.5 rebounds per game).