Dec 19, 2014 5:56 PM
AP source: Rockets acquire Timberwolves' Brewer
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Houston Rockets made a move to bolster their depth on the perimeter on Friday, landing veteran swing man Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Rockets sent shooting guard Troy Daniels, cash considerations and a pair of future second-round picks to Minnesota, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been officially announced. The Timberwolves will get a second-round pick in 2015 from Sacramento and a 2016 second-rounder from Houston.
The trade gives the Rockets another proven veteran defender in Brewer to compete in the demanding Western Conference, where they were in fourth place at 19-6 after Thursday's games. Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been in pursuit of help for weeks, knowing that Golden State, Memphis, San Antonio, the Clippers all may have superior depth to his roster.
Houston lost out to rival Dallas in the bidding for point guard Rajon Rondo on Thursday, so Morey immediately turned his sights to Brewer, who scored 51 points in a game against them last year. That scoring explosion was an anomaly, but Brewer is a hard-working veteran who should fit in well with teammates James Harden and Dwight Howard. Brewer is one of the NBA's best at stealing the ball, and his ability to get out for easy transition buckets will allow him to make an easy transition to Houston.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale knows Brewer well. McHale was the GM in Minnesota when the Wolves chose him seventh overall in 2007.
Brewer left and won a championship with the Mavericks before blossoming as an energy guy off the bench with the Denver Nuggets.
He returned to Minnesota last year and was serving as a valuable mentor to youngsters Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad and Anthony Bennett. On a team beset by injuries, Brewer was even filling in at backup point guard for long stretches.
But with Mo Williams back playing after missing time with a back injury and Ricky Rubio possibly returning before January, the Wolves started to entertain offers for Brewer as they go with a full-on youth movement.
Injuries to Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin and Williams have short-circuited any hopes the Wolves had of being a surprise team in the first season after trading Kevin Love to Cleveland. They were 5-19 heading into Friday night's game at Boston, the worst record in the West, so they flipped a valuable asset in Brewer, who has a player option on his contract next season for more than $5 million for a young shooter in Daniels and some future draft picks.
The move will allow them to get an even longer look at Muhammad, who has been their best player this season but has been stuck in a logjam on the wing partially because of Brewer's presence.
Daniels played less than 7 minutes per game for the Rockets this season, but his ability to shoot the 3-pointer will be a welcome addition to the Wolves, who are among the league's worst 3-point shooting teams.
It also could signal the first of many moves as president and coach Flip Saunders embraces a youth movement he initially hoped to avoid. Saunders added Williams and veteran power forward Thaddeus Young in the offseason in hopes of surrounding a young core of Wiggins, Rubio and LaVine with experienced support.
But Rubio has been out since Nov. 7 with a sprained ankle, Martin is out until well into January with a broken wrist and Pekovic continues to be bothered by soreness in his right foot.
Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.