J.R. Bremer signs with MBC Moscow Dynamo.
J.R. Bremer has joined the latest craze in professional basketball: Playing in Europe. Bremer, a Cleveland Heights native and former Cavaliers guard, has signed a two-year, $5 million deal with Moscow Dynamo Triumph. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder will join center Nenad Krstic on the Triumph roster. Krstic signed a two-year deal worth $3 million euros (about $9 million U.S., when figuring in taxes). Bremer, 27, played 31 games for the Cavs during the 2003-04 season and averaged 3.5 points and 1.3 assists. After signing with the Boston Celtics as an undrafted free agent, Bremer earned a spot on the all-rookie team in 2002-03. He was also played five games with Golden State in 2003-04. The St. Bonaventure product averaged 6.5 points and 2.2 assists in his NBA career. Bremer played for Spartak Primorje in the Russian Basketball Federation last year and was first in the league in assists and second in scoring. ”He’s probably one of the best point guards in all of Europe,” agent Craig McKenzie said. ”He’s also one of the highest paid point guards. He’s done well for himself.” Russian teams are limited to two American players on their roster. Bremer secured a passport from Bosnia, which allowed Triumph to sign two Americans, plus Bremer, this season. Bremer can now play in the FIBA Championships, is eligible for the Olympics and also be allowed to play as a European on any professional basketball organization in Europe. McKenzie said Bremer had workouts for the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs before accepting the offer to play in Moscow. ”He knows he can play in the NBA,” McKenzie said. ”It has to make sense financially.”