In landing Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets undoubtedly made the biggest signing of NBA Free Agency this summer. However, after the Howard signing they were left with the task of filling out the rest of their roster, particularly their bench. In signing players like Omri Casspi and Reggie Williams, the Rockets have added solid depth and insurance to their roster.
It appears that the Rockets have added more solid depth in free agency, once again finding another quality wing player to sign. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Rockets and free-agent forward Ronnie Brewer have agreed to a two-year deal. Though the monetary aspects of the deal aren’t reported at this point, Stein did include that the deal was only partially guaranteed.
Brewer spent last season with both the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 28-year-old played in 60 total games, averaging three points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.7 steals in 14.2 minutes per game. He shot only 35.4 percent from the field, an uncharacteristically low mark for Brewer in his career, but also provided energy and solid defense when he was on the floor.
Brewer will be a fantastic addition to the Rockets for several reasons. Not only will he fit into their up-tempo style of play that they put on display last year, but he will also provide that energy and defense off of the bench in Houston. More than that, though, Brewer could potentially develop into a trade chip for the Rockets.
Houston may have added Howard to accompany James Harden, but their end-game still seems to be establishing their own “big three.” Brewer could be a guy that they could put in a deal to help land the third part of their trio. Whether he plays or is part of a trade, though, Brewer is a solid signing by the Rockets.