NBA Notes: Rockets officially sign Ronnie Brewer

NBA Notes: Rockets officially sign Ronnie Brewer
August 28, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Ronnie Brewer averaged just 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds last season for the Knicks and Thunder combined. (USA Today Images)

Daryl Morey made the biggest move of the summer when he landed free agent Dwight Howard, and the Houston Rockets general manager isn't stopping there.

The Rockets signed free agent swingman Ronnie Brewer on Wednesday, addressing another area that needed fortifying as they gear up to challenge San Antonio and Oklahoma City for Western Conference supremacy.

Brewer's scoring numbers have steadily declined since his early years with the Utah Jazz, but the 6-foot-7 veteran gives the Rockets another high-energy, defensive specialist to throw at some of the bigger guards and high-scoring small forwards in the West (see full story).

Clippers announce Jamison signing
LOS ANGELES -- Free agent Antawn Jamison has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 37-year-old forward moves down the hallway at Staples Center to join the Clippers after starting six of 76 games with the Lakers last season. He averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Jamison is a two-time All-Star who enters his 16th NBA season ninth among active players with 19,958 career points and eighth in total rebounds with 8,102 (see full story).

Assault charges won't be filed against Pippen
LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors won't file criminal charges against Scottie Pippen for fighting with an autograph seeker who authorities say was drunk and exaggerated his injuries including faking seizures after claiming the former Chicago Bulls star punched him in the face.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to bring assault charges against Pippen for the altercation with Camran Shafighi at Nobu, a sushi restaurant and celebrity hangout on the beach in Malibu.

Pippen was dining with his family June 24 when he was approached by Shafighi inside the restaurant. Pippen obliged to have a photo taken but not with Shafighi, and then Shafighi followed the retired NBA forward outside into the parking lot. He again asked for a photo and an autograph from Pippen, who said no.

Pippen told investigators Shafighi became irate, "grabbing at him, cursing him and then spit in his face," according to a report by the district attorney's office (see full story).