MIAMI — The Celtics pursued a handful of released veterans to supplement their bench for the stretch run, including Dallas swingman Corey Brewer, who told the Globe yesterday that he was very close to choosing Boston.
Brewer, the seventh overall pick in 2007 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, received offers from the Mavericks and the Celtics after being released by the New York Knicks.
“I seriously considered the Celtics, a lot,” said Brewer, who is making his first career NBA Finals appearance with Dallas. “And eventually I thought I was going to go to Boston. But then at the last minute we struck a nice deal with Dallas and we felt like this was the best situation for us.”
Brewer is not expected to play a major role in the NBA Finals and he definitely would have been used more extensively in Boston, but the Mavericks offered the former lottery pick two additional years, meaning he would avoid free agency in this potentially tumultuous summer.
The Celtics offered Brewer (pictured right from Getty Images), a deal for the rest of the season, and Rivers was a key component in the recruiting process.
“I known Doc for a while and I met when while I was in college,” said Brewer, who helped Florida to consecutive national titles. “It was kind of tough because I talked to Doc, talk to (team president) Danny (Ainge) and thought man it would be nice to go there and play for Doc with the relationship we already had and I would have had a chance to play a little bit, coming in with the second unit. It was a tough decision, but I feel like I could come in and help this team.”