In an offseason filled with what-ifs and the questioning of numerous roster moves comes, well, another what-if which will be followed by another question regarding a roster move.
During the scramble for other teams' buyout trash following the trade deadline, the least trashy of all of the trash seemed to be Corey Brewer. He's a guy that a lot of contenders were looking at due to his ability to play solid defense and hit a corner three here and there. The Celtics expressed a good amount of interest in him before he signed on with the Dallas Mavericks for the rest of this season plus an additional two years.
However, in an interview with the Boston Globe, Brewer talks about how close he was to joining the Celtics back in early March.
"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."
In a shocking turn of events, money and contract length dictated where a player ended up. Even I didn't see that one coming. But in all seriousness, it's time to play the what-if game with today's contestant—Corey Brewer.
When the Celtics realized that they weren't going to get Brewer, they quickly gobbled up the one and only Sasha Pavlovic. You know, the guy not named Troy Murphy that didn't do anything to help the team in any way shape or form. The Celtics were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with Pavlovic and hope that he could actually be a contributor on the defensive end of the floor. Instead, he was trash. He proved why he had received nothing but 10-day contracts up until that point.
If Brewer signs in Boston, Pavlovic doesn't waste space on the bench. Unlike Pavlovic, Brewer has the ability to help an NBA team. If you're one of those people who believes in potential, unlike me, then you could make the argument that he's only 25 years old, was the seventh overall pick back in 2007 and showed some improvement in his game just last year that you could possibly build on. He wasn't one of those journeyman veterans, but a young player who could potentially help a team both this year and in the future.
Instead, Brewer went to Dallas and is now in the NBA Finals. Pavlovic and the Celtics have been playing golf for nearly three weeks now, even though I don't see Pavlovic being the type of guy who plays golf. Obviously, Brewer isn't the key reason as to why the Mavericks are where they are, but he's played in 23 more minutes and scored nine more points for his team that Pavlovic did for the Celtics in the postseason.
Would Brewer have made a massive difference in the playoffs for Boston? Probably not. Let's be honest, he was in the trash heap for a reason as well. Maybe he could have come in and defended LeBron James or Dwyane Wade for a period of time, especially since Jeff Green wasn't really doing it and the Celtics never had that perimeter defender that they were looking for all season long to replace Tony Allen. Besides that, Brewer wouldn't have helped the offense and the Celtics wouldn't have scored any more points with Brewer than they did without him.
But I guarantee you that he would have done more for the Celtics than Sasha Pavlovic.