Report: Minnesota nearing deal with swingman Corey Brewer
Minnesota is going to have one interesting team next season — a healthy Ricky Rubio at the point, Kevin Martin to space the floor on the wing, a healthy Kevin Love scoring points, Chase Budinger running on the break. There is a lot to like (especially if/when the re-sign Nikola Pekovic).
And they may have just gotten even more interesting.
They are on the verge of landing swingman Corey Brewer, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Hearing: Wolves closing in on three-year deal with coveted swingman Corey Brewer in $15 million range— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 10, 2013
Exact mechanics of how Brewer ultimately returns to Wolves -- outright signing or sign-and-trade -- still being worked out— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 10, 2013
Brewer spent the first three-and-a-half seasons of his career in Minnesota before he was traded as part of the three-team deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. Brewer ended up in Denver, where he continued to play last season.
He would bring a lot better defense to the wing position so he will get minutes, plus he is athletic and good in transition. But he is not a good outside shooter — he improved to 29.6 percent from three last year. Brewer shot just 33 percent on spot up opportunities last season (according to Synergy Sports).
Still, at a league average salary this is a guy who brings depth and a needed skill set to the Timberwolves. Which is becoming an interesting team.