(left) averaged 3 points and 2.3 rebounds last season. (Layne Murdoch Jr./Getty Images)
The Rockets have reportedly agreed to sign free-agent guard Ronnie Brewer to a two-year contract, according to ESPN.com.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets struck an agreement Monday on a two-year partially guaranteed deal with the defensive specialist, who played for the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
Brewer, 28, holds career averages of 8.2 points and 3 rebounds over seven seasons with the Jazz, Grizzlies, Bulls, Knicks and Thunder. A first-round pick in the 2006 draft, Brewer signed a one-year deal with New York last summer before getting traded to Oklahoma City in advance of February's trade deadline. He posted averages of 3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.2 minutes for the Knicks and Thunder last season.
Regarded as a defense-first player as his offensive numbers have deteriorated in recent years, Brewer appeared in just 14 regular-season games and one playoff game for the Thunder following the trade.
The Point Forward's Rob Mahoney included Brewer on a list of the top 20 free agents remaining on the market in late-July.
Floor spacing isn’t merely a product of perimeter accuracy; players such as Brewer who move well without the ball can offer their team some of the same benefit that a more conventional spot-up threat might, albeit in a way that leans more heavily on playmakers to read the entire floor and find the cutter at the perfect time. But that defense of Brewer, 27, means that he needs particular conditions to succeed, even if his work as a perimeter defender remains solid. Teams have little incentive to rely on a player with such limited offensive range and little hope for significant improvement as a shooter.
In Houston, Brewer joins a crowded wing corps that includes All-Star guard James Harden
, starting small forward Chandler Parsons
and a host of reserves, including Francisco Garcia
, Omri Casspi
and Reggie Williams