"I think the biggest thing that we felt was that—I won’t call it a logjam—but that we had a lot of players very similar," O'Connor said. "We had three or four players that were competing for minutes and we were able to turn that into a future asset."
Brewer has played in all 53 of Utah's games this season, averaging 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game.
Compared to his career average, Brewer has struggled with his shot this season. Brewer is shooting 49.5% from the field and 63.3% from the free throw line so far this season. For his career, he has shot 52.3% from the field and 70.6% from the line.
The move opens up minutes for C.J. Miles, Kyle Korver, and rookie Wesley Matthews, but the Jazz must sign another player to meet the NBA's 13-player roster minimum.
The Jazz also are relieved of Brewer's $2.7 million salary as they continue to try and fall beneath the luxury tax line.
For Memphis, the deal adds depth behind fellow swingmen O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay.