According to a recent report by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves have reportedly agreed to a deal that will send forward Corey Brewer to the Houston Rockets.
Minnesota has agreed to trade Corey Brewer to Houston, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 19, 2014
Brewer was involved in trade rumors earlier this year, but nothing came to fruition initially. Now, it looks like the deal has been made. The Rockets were originally looking to obtain Rajon Rondo, but now that Rondo is headed to Dallas, the team made a full-fledged push for Brewer. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle said the following:
“[Houston] is involved in talks with Minnesota for small forward Corey Brewer, a person with knowledge of the talks said. A deal is possible by Friday, which is the last day a team can acquire a player and then trade him later in the season. The Rockets could fit Brewer into their salary cap using the trade exception they got from the Jeremy Lin deal this summer.”
Feigen posted the following tweet on Dec. 18 regarding Brewer’s upside and benefits for the Rockets:
As for Brewer, he defends, runs floor well, qualities Rockets need behind Ariza, Harden. His 3pt shooting this season has been poor at best.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 18, 2014
Brewer is currently averaging 10.5 points, 3.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game for Minnesota. The forward has played for the Timberwolves in two separate stints: he made his NBA debut in 2007 and played with the Wolves through the 2010-2011 season in which he joined Denver for two seasons before returning to Minny in 2013.
According to reports, Ronny Turiaf will also be included in the deal, although he may end up being moved to a third-party team. Turiaf is out of the season after undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery on Dec. 16.
Minnesota will reportedly obtain shooting guard Troy Daniels from Houston as part of the deal. Daniels is averaging just 2.7 points per game in his sophomore year with the Rockets. The 23-year-old did not get much playing time between James Harden in Houston, so it will be interesting to see if he is able to bring something the Wolves are looking for.
Continue to follow Wojnarowski for updates as the transaction unfolds.