Bremer calls trade to Cavaliers 'dream come true'

By JOE MILICIA, Associated Press Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired two young point guards this summer -- a superstar lottery pick and a player who wasn't even drafted.
J.R. Bremer had to struggle just to make it to the NBA. Now, he finds himself playing for his hometown team.
"It was always like a dream to get to the NBA, let alone having it be in your hometown," the Cleveland Heights native said Tuesday. "It's a dream come true."
The Cavaliers received Bremer, along with center Bruno Sundov and a future second-round pick, from Boston last week in a trade for forward Jumaine Jones.
Cavaliers general manager Jim Paxson was looking to find someone else to handle the ball and take some pressure off No. 1 overall pick LeBron James, who is expected to play some point guard.
"As we went into this offseason, we wanted to upgrade our point guard position and we feel we've done that this summer," Paxson said.
The Cavaliers had already signed veteran Kevin Ollie to play point guard, but Paxson said Bremer also gives them a shooter.
Bremer, who turns 23 next month, averaged more than 24 points a game as a senior at St. Bonaventure but didn't hear his name called during the 2002 draft.
"It was real tough not getting drafted after thinking I was going to get drafted," Bremer said. "I had to work that much harder over the summer to try to get on a team."
He signed a two-year contract with Boston where he averaged 8.3 points and 2.6 assists in 64 games. He also shot 35 percent from the 3-point arc and was named to the NBA all-rookie second team.
"He's a guy who can really shoot the ball from the perimeter," Paxson said. "He's a good 3-point shooter and showed as a young rookie ... he was able to contribute on a playoff team."
Bremer was pleasantly surprised when Boston told him he was being traded to Cleveland.
"It brought a smile to my face," Bremer said. "I knew I was coming home."
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