The NBA trade deadline is quickly approaching and the Sixers haven’t found any solutions to their depth issues yet. Their most recent move was signing veteran Corey Brewer to two, 10-day deals. A couple of strong games from Brewer got fans thinking he could stick around. That doesn’t seem to be the case. At least not right now.
With roster flexibility being so important to the Sixers around the deadline, the team has opted not to sign Brewer for the rest of the season.
Corey Brewer’s second 10-day contract with the Sixers has expired.— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) February 4, 2019
(Two 10-days are the MAX a team can have for one player. Brewer is a free agent. He is also eligible to sign 10-day contracts with other teams).
This news could mean Elton Brand is close to a deal to fill the Sixers open roster spots.
A wrist injury to Jimmy Butler put Brewer in the starting lineup for a few games. He was a defensive nuisance against James Harden and the Rockets and contributed nicely against the Spurs.
Since those two games, though, he hasn’t brought a whole lot to the court. While defensive intensity is important, Brewer’s lack of range offensively limits the Sixers. Over the last four games, he was a combined -29, scoring just 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting.
Although he struggled to shoot, Brewer seemed like a really good fit in the locker room with the team. In a short time, you could tell he created meaningful relationship with a number of players.
Brewer can now sign with any other team. If the Sixers are unable to fill both of their open roster spots via trade or buy-out, he could very well return.
Overall in seven games for the Sixers, Brewer averaged 7.6 points on 40.8 percent shooting.