It wasn’t a secret that the Houston Rockets and free agent swingman Ronnie Brewer were discussing a deal that would bring Brewer to Houston, but that deal went from being “close” to actually happening on Wednesday.
The terms of Brewer’s contract were not announced by the team, but there was a report that Brewer is circulating the fact that it is a 2-year agreement. In 2012-2013, Brewer appeared in 60 games (46 with the Knicks, 14 with the Thunder) and averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Houston is completely set at their starting “swing” positions with James Harden and Chandler Parsons, but neither player is particularly adept defensively. The acquisition of Brewer gives the team a hard-nosed defender that they can throw at the league’s elite wings, and Brewer is also a quality finisher at the rim in traffic.
Of course, Brewer’s game isn’t without weakness. He is a below-average (to be kind) shooter, converting just 25.6% from three-point distance in his career, and with his form being as bad as it is, I can’t see that being rectified anytime soon. With that said, he’s only 28 years old, and the Rockets may have acquired a rotation player for little cost.
This isn’t the type of move that will move the meter for a presumptive title contender (which Houston now is, with the presence of Dwight Howard), but Brewer is a qualified NBA player and he’ll be useful.