Reports surfaced about a week ago that the Houston Rockets were determined to use their $8.4 million trade exception by December 19th. When they struck out on Rajon Rondo, they turned their attention elsewhere, which apparently meant Corey Brewer.
Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to confirm what Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN and Jonathon Feigen of the Houston Chronicle have been discussing for days: the Minnesota Timberwolves have sent Corey Brewer to Houston in exchange for shooting guard Troy Daniels and a pair of second round picks.
Brewer, who turns 29 in March, is in the second season of a two year deal (with a player option for 2015-16) he signed to return to Minnesota, the team that originally drafted him back in 2007. Since Ricky Rubio went down with an ankle injury, he’s been filling in at backup point guard, in addition to his role on the wing. Brewer averaged 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a league-leading 2.3 steals per game during his 24 games with the Timberwolves this season.
He probably functions best as a role player coming off the bench for a playoff team, something he was during the two seasons he spent in Denver prior to coming back to Minnesota. It’s an exciting opportunity for him to play for a winner, and while his energetic and often exciting (if a little out of control) play made him a crowd favorite in the Twin Cities, this is the kind of deal rebuilding teams often make.
Troy Daniels is an interesting prospect and a very intriguing fit for Flip Saunders to acquire. In 183 career minutes split over 22 games in Houston, he attempted 78 shots, 68 of them three pointers. That works out to 13.4 attempts per-36 minutes, an absolutely absurd rate. This past summer, the excellent Scott Rafferty wrote a very detailed breakdown of Daniels’ exploits in the D-League which is worth a close look.
As of 2:15 PM, the exact picks that will be included in the transaction are still being hashed out, though it’s been mentioned that the Kings’ 2015 second-rounder (protected between picks 50 and 60, making it likely to transfer) and another future Rockets’ pick are possibilities. The other result of this deal is that the Wolves will have a roster spot to sign Jeff Adrien for the remainder of the season, if they so choose.
Considering the Wolves’ current status, this was a good deal to make. Brewer did an admirable job keeping things as respectable as he could with Rubio out, but with the point guard’s return on the horizon and a contending team with assets motivated to make a deal, it was prudent of Flip and the rest of the front office to strike while the iron was hot.
The trade was expanded to include the 76ers and the final breakdown is as follows:
Wolves get: G Troy Daniels, Kings’ 2015 2nd round pick (protected for picks 50-60), Rockets’ 2016 2nd round pick (protections unclear)
Sixers get: C Ronny Turiaf, Rockets’ 2015 2nd round pick, draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk
Rockets get G/F Corey Brewer, G Alexey Shved