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Ronnie Brewer Agrees To Join The Houston Rockets

Feb 27, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Ronnie Brewer (8) handles the ball against the New Orleans Hornets during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After signing with the Knicks last summer, Ronnie Brewer had a short lived stint in New York. He had knee surgery before the season started and only ended up playing in 46 games before he was shipped off to Oklahoma City.

With the Thunder, he didn’t make much of an impact, only appearing in 15 total games throughout the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.

When healthy however, Brewer has shown to be a valuable commodity, especially on the defensive end.

Earlier today, Brewer agreed to terms with the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN.

“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.”

It has been an interesting and thrilling offseason for the Rockets, as they finally signed Dwight Howard after a long courtship. And while Brewer certainly isn’t as exciting a signing as Howard, he’s a solid pickup. Also, with a partially guaranteed deal, it’s a very low risk for Houston to take.

At 6′ 7″, Brewer is able to play both shooting guard and small forward. And with Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi the current options backing up the 2 and the 3, Brewer will certainly have a chance to get minutes backing up either James Harden or Chandler Parsons.

If Brewer can bounce back after a tough year last season and show he can still guard at an elite level, there is no reason to think he won’t see many minutes off the bench. And if he can’t, then the Rockets will have invested hardly anything to take a chance on him.

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