You can add Corey Brewer to the list — with Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews — of guys that spurned more money from Sacramento to play somewhere else. It’s been a rough couple days in the California capital.
Brewer was considered someone the Kings would target — a defender who can get steals, the king of the leak-out, but not a guy who can shoot — but he has decided to stay with the Houston Rockets, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (and since confirmed by multiple sources).
This is a good fit for both sides. Brewer played 25 minutes a game and scored 11.9 points a game for the Rockets after being traded there from Minnesota last season. He’s not efficient (a career 29 percent from three) but he plays well off the bench for an up-tempo team like the Rockets.
Plus Brewer connected with fans in Houston, doing things like walking to Game 7 against the Clippers and taking pictures along the way.
This is another deal where the $23.4 million over three years might seem high for a guy who made $4.5 million last year, but the Rockets had to come close to what Sacramento was offering. Plus, a salary like $8 million a year will be a steal in two years when the salary cap jumps by $40 million (thanks to the flood of money from the new national television deal).