HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – As of the moment, no one’s sure if Dwight Howard likes or dislikes the Rockets’ latest trade that brought Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved to Houston.

It was a deal that resulted in Troy Daniels getting traded and Francisco Garcia getting waived in a corresponding roster move.

At Saturday’s morning shootaround, the media tried three times to get something positive from Dwight Howard about the deal.

To all three questions, Howard stayed neutral.

First question: “What do you think of the new addition of Corey Brewer coming in?”

Howard’s answer: “Well, I mean, the only thing that we can do is let Daryl (Morey) do his job and we do our job.”

Follow-up question: “(Brewer is) a guy that can get steals, get you running. He seems to be good at playing the style of basketball that you guys play. Would you agree with that?”

Howard’s answer: “Uh, yeah. I mean, like I said, it’s our job to play and it’s on those guys to help bring in pieces that they feel can help us contend.”

Follow-up question: “When you see a team do that, you know, bring in pieces to help an organization contend, what’s it like to see that commitment from an organization?”

Howard’s answer: “Same thing. They do their job and we’ve got to do ours. That’s all I can tell you.”

And that wrapped it up for Dwight Howard’s reaction to the trade.

Jason Terry, on the other hand, was noticeably more positive.

“I think the additions help us,” Terry said. “(I) definitely hate to lose Francisco Garcia, who’s a great, dear friend of mine (and) Troy Daniels, but it makes us better. And I think any organization around the league that has an opportunity to make their team better, they will do so. I think we’ve done that.

“I’ve played with Corey Brewer,” Terry added. “He’s a winner. He’s a champion. And he’s going to add great depth to the small forward and shooting guard position. (He’s a) very long, active defender. (He’s) a guy who can get out there and run. And he can score.”

About that depth, Terry agreed that it’s important to somewhat reduce what has so far been heavy minutes logged so far by James Harden and Trevor Ariza. Ariza is second in the league with an average of 38:26 minutes played, while Harden ranks fifth with a 37:41 minute average.

“Give Daryl (Morey) big credit for pulling it off quickly, foreseeing the future, knowing that we have to get those guys’ minutes down if we want to go anywhere in the playoffs,” Terry said.

Neither Brewer nor Shved had arrived yet during morning shootaround.



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