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The Rockets end up with Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved after completing their three-way deal with the Timberwolves and 76ers. This is an excellent move for Houston, as Brewer strengthens their rotation and gives them an additional perimeter defender.
Brewer seemed excited about the trade in an interview with the Star Tribune.
“A great situation, it’s going to be great,” Brewer said. “Playing with guys like Dwight Howard and James Harden, they’re in a playoff race. They have a good team. I think I can come in and help that. That they wanted to trade for me and think I can help, that means a lot.
“To get traded to a team where the guy who’s coaching you is the guy who drafted you with the seventh pick, that’s my guy, I love [Kevin McHale].”
This season, Brewer has averaged 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals.
Throughout his NBA career, Brewer has appeared in 491 games (265 starts) with Minnesota, Dallas and Denver. He also adds 19 games of playoff experience to the Rockets roster, including winning an NBA championship in 2011.
It certainly seems like the Mavericks are the frontrunners to sign Jermaine O’Neal, for all of the reasons that MacMahon listed above. After moving Brandan Wright as part of the Rajon Rondo trade, Dallas could use another big man to add some depth to their frontcourt, and O’Neal would be perfect.
O’Neal spent last season with the Warriors and, when pressed into the starting lineup due to injuries last year, he came through by averaging 10.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 13 games.
The 36-year-old obviously has a lot of wear and tear on his body after playing 18 seasons in the NBA, but he has held up pretty well. O’Neal has played very well over his last two seasons, contributing as a solid rebounder and interior defender.
O’Neal recently told ESPN that he’ll make a decision about resuming his career after the holidays. If the Mavericks miss on O’Neal, Emeka Okafor is another free agent option for them as they look to bolster their bench.
There haven’t been a lot of trade rumors involving Jamal Crawford, but the 34-year-old veteran seems prepared in case his name starts showing up in the rumor mill.
By now, Crawford knows that most rumors don’t mean anything so there’s no sense in worrying about them.
Crawford won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award last season and remains a key contributor for the Clippers this season, averaging 15.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals off of the bench. He leads the NBA in 20-point games off of the bench, with nine.
This year’s trade deadline is Feb. 19.
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