Late in August, it was announced that the Houston Rockets had signed veteran forward Ronnie Brewer. Given Brewer’s ability to get up-and-down the floor, which fits right into the Rockets’ style of play, and his energy and toughness that he brings whenever he’s playing, he seemed like he could be a sneaky good signing for the Rockets’ bench.
However, it now seems that Brewer might not be a part, much less a big part, of the Rockets’ plans for the 2013-2014 NBA season. According to Mark Deeks of Sham Sports, reportedly only $100,000 of the near $1.2 million that Brewer is due next season is fully guaranteed. Obviously that means it would be extremely cheap to waive him after training camp and the preseason.
Through the first six years of his career in the NBA, it seemed like Brewer was developing into a player that could play consistent minutes for almost any team in the league. He always gave maximum effort on both ends of the floor and was a solid defensive player. Though he’s not a great offensive talent, he was a solid asset in terms of running in transition.
However, after playing solid minutes early on last season with the New York Knicks, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the deadline and didn’t see the floor much at all after that. It seems his star has now all but disappeared.
Brewer could make it hard for the Rockets to waive him if he plays solidly at training camp, which is a possibility. However, as the Rockets already have 19 players on the books for next season, getting rid of a player with such little money guaranteed like Brewer could be a formality at this point.
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