May 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) contests the shot by Denver Nuggets small forward Corey Brewer (13) during the second quarter of game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Rockets are interested in floor spacers Corey Brewer and JR Smith.
Corey Brewer has experience playing for the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and 2012-2013 win streak Denver Nuggets, both teams having great coaches in Rick Carlisle and George Karl. Under Karl last season, Brewer and his team was in the third rank on the Western Conference beating Pacific Division Champions, Chris Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers in playoff positioning. He would be a great fit as Karl’s philosophy during the season was to score as many points as possible or pass the ball, like with Kevin McHale’s crew.
JR Smith has also worked with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, and New York Knicks coaches Mike D’Antoni, whose system can really help him in Houston and Mike Woodson working on his isolation game. Working for Woodson last year, he had two playoff appearances, won a division title, got to the Eastern Conference semi finals and won a Sixth Man of the Year award. He also had a career high 18.1 points per page, 5.3 rebounds per game during 33.5 minutes per game, averaging 22.83 for his last 24 games, having 7 30+ point games.
JR Smith is rumored to cost $6 million a year in salary, which may be outside of Houston’s price range if they decide to hire Dwight Howard and stay within the salary cap.