Rockets Retain Clutch Vet Corey Brewer
On Tuesday, the Rockets reached an agreement with forward Corey Brewer to remain with the team for the next few years. The official announcement came in a message on the Rockets website, co-signed by GM Daryl Morey. The deal is said to be for 3-years, $23.4 million.
Rockets make it official with Corey Brewer http://t.co/7Bg8lflrIs $23 million, 3 years
— Reid Laymance (@ReidLaymance) July 14, 2015
Brewer landed in Houston as part of a three-team deal including the Timberwolves, where he came from, and the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 56 games after joining Clutch City in December, where he proceeded to average 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds 1.7 assists and a steal per game. In an interview last week about him supposedly re-joining Houston he said, “Coach McHale was talking to me the whole time and it showed that they really wanted me. Coach McHale, he drafted me, and for me coming in last year and helping anyway I could and now we just keep getting better.”
He wasn’t only a valuable player as far as statistics for the Rockets last season, he was a wild veteran that knows how to finish at the rim and get the crowd out of their seats. He did his part in taking defensive pressure off of James Harden and will be worth every penny of his three-year contract. He is 29 years old and entering his 9th NBA season, and it’s not as if he is old or worn down, in fact his numbers may increase as he continues to get acclimated with his teammates.
Trevor Ariza is staying and the Rockets drafted Sam Dekker at 18th overall in the draft, but with Ariza not getting any younger and Dekker already sitting (Summer League) with back soreness, it’s never a bad idea to have an extra SF for Houston..
May 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) reacts after making a three point basket during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
In the same interview with FOX 26 Houston, Brewer mentioned, “We went to the Western Conference Finals, we didn’t have two of our starters (Beverley, Motiejunas). It’s the best place for me to have a chance to win the title. I feel great. I’m happy to be back. It’s the best place for me.” He wasn’t the first to stick around H-Town as the Rockets have reached deals with point guards Patrick Beverley and Jason Terry, not to mention signing free agent guard Marcus Thornton.
Houston has been busy this off-season although they haven’t landed some of the bigger names like Morey planned to. They will be just fine with a few additions to the core of guys that brought them to the Western Conference Championship last season. Still waiting on a word about Josh Smith, but until then stay tuned to @SpaceCity_Scoop online…and on Twitter!
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