Brewer's starting spot for now has gone to undrafted rookie Matthews, whose emergence as a bona fide NBA player allowed the Jazz to feel comfortable about trading their 2006 lottery pick.
When Miles and Korver both returned healthy after last weekend's NBA All-Star break, it was the Marquette product who mostly was getting slighted on minutes.
"I think it's good for him (Matthews), it's good for our wings," Williams said of the trade.
"They get chance to step up now, if you look at it in a positive way.
"Hopefully, they're ready to do that. I know that they're probably gonna accept more playing time and be happy with that. You know, it's sad to see Ronnie go, but any competitor is gonna want more playing time."
Matthews wholeheartedly agrees.
"(I have to) just be me — just keep doing what I've been doing to get me on this roster and doing what I had to do to keep me on this roster and then doing what I was doing to get me playing time — and just keep it going," he said.
"You never want things like this to happen to a friend of yours, but this is ... still a job, you know, and our job is to win. Whoever's on the court, whoever's on the roster, that's what we've got to do."
He wouldn't answer yes or no when asked early last week if his surgically repaired left knee is now pain-free, saying only, "I feel pretty good."
Either way, Korver is much-improved after spending the All-Star break time at a training facility in California.
"I had a really good week in Santa Barbara," the sharpshooter said after scoring 10 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, in Utah's win Tuesday at Houston. "I just worked out hard and got a lot of confidence back in it, got a lot of strength back in it."
That played a part in the Jazz's willingness to trade Brewer, because a healthy Korver — even if his defense may not be as strong — can stretch the floor like Utah's former starting shooting guard could not.
"His conditioning — it looked to me like it's improved from where he was even a couple weeks ago," Sloan said. "He's worked hard in practice. He's worked hard after practice to try to get back. ... He did some extra work at the All-Star break, and I think those things help you.
"He's looking out for his best interest by showing us he's interested and doing the work and trying to get himself back into a groove," the Jazz coach added. "He missed a lot of basketball, but he's able to fight back."
Miles suffered a major thumb ligament injury on his shooting hand early in training camp, underwent surgery and now is all for more minutes.
Even if he did lose a good buddy.
"As far as everybody else being here, I think we'll be fine," said Miles, who scored 16 at Golden State and sparked a decisive 31-10 second quarter with 4-for-5 field shooting, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range. "But it just will be tough to replace what he did — he did some different things."
Brewer's knack for nabbing steals and nifty dunks indeed are gone, too, but so is the logjam that was costing Miles playing time.
"It's been a deal for us this whole season," he said, "just trying to figure out who will play here and who will do what."
With one straw gone, though, the figuring just got a whole lot easier.
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