Cavs and Rockets talk to Wolves about Corey Brewer

Corey Brewer

Corey Brewer is averaging 9.8 points and 1.4 assists in nine games this season.

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of those teams (see Nuggets, Denver) with a lot of useful players that aren’t necessarily being put to good use.

Corey Brewer has been playing behind Kevin Martin and Andrew Wiggins on the wing, but has played the fifth-most minutes on the team through nine games. He’s a useful player on a good contract, getting paid $4.7 million this season with a player option for $4.9 million next season.

There are a lot of contenders who could use perimeter defense and it appears that the Wolves are taking calls, knowing that they’re not going to remain competitive in the Western Conference with Ricky Rubio sidelined indefinitely with a sprained left ankle.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Minnesota is in “active” discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets regarding Brewer.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, fresh off heavy back-to-back losses in New Orleans and Dallas and in the latest indication of their growing focus on the future, are in active trade discussions with multiple contending teams pursuing veteran swingman Corey Brewer, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets have emerged as the most serious suitors for Brewer, whose arrival would be a notable boost for either team in terms of depth.

Minnesota is believed to be seeking future assets in exchange for Brewer as it tries to accelerate its rebuilding effort in the wake of trading star power forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers in August.

Both Cleveland (via their Keith Bogans trade to Philadelphia) and Houston (Jeremy Lin to L.A.) have trade exceptions that can absorb Brewer’s salary, so they wouldn’t need to send a player Minnesota’s way.

Cleveland currently ranks 25th defensively and needs all kinds of depth (second-round pick Joe Harris is currently getting 20 minutes a game). But interior defense is more of a problem and with LeBron James playing most of his minutes at small forward, it’s unclear how big of a role Brewer would have.

Trevor Ariza has fit in well with the Rockets, who have the No. 1 defense in the league through Saturday after playing a weak schedule. There seems to be less need for Brewer in Houston, but he’s still quality depth at a cheap price.

The Los Angeles Clippers are another contender who could use a defensive upgrade on the wing, but they probably don’t have the trade pieces to get a deal done with the Wolves.

18 Comments

  1. Jaleel Smith says:

    Send him to the Clippers he would be the perfect fit. He gives them exactly what they need to turn their season around & that’s defense on the wing. Not to mention a solid scorer when starting. A really good complimentary piece to go alongside Blake and CP3. I think he would be a better fit for the Clippers than any other team

  2. Bodjee says:

    I think the road-runner should go to the Cavs.

  3. Miami Heat is the best! says:

    Why not join the Miami Heat and maybe become their starting SF? 🙂 yeah sure Duol Deng is a defensive minded guy but he hasn’t been playing well and he hasn’t been the same type of player when he was still in Chicago Bulls. The Heat could need Corey Brewer’s defense and scoring punch in order to be a playoff contender. And Deng could be a backup player and sometimes a starter for the Heat.

  4. kobeballhog says:

    Cavs need a big man. A big angry man. Or someone that will do the dirty work like the mold of bruce bowen, anthony mason, charles oakley, they need some bad bad man cavs are too soft now

  5. 2015 NBA CHampions says:

    I dont think anyone in their right mind wants to go Cleveland to have LeBron talk to you like his little brother. Unless hes a diehard johnny football fan and want to party with manziel. Otherwise I strongly recommend he tells his agent to get him to Houston. Houston needs defense. Thats all.

  6. Jn says:

    A defensive upgrade for Houston puts them in a nice place in the west

  7. nello says:

    stay 😦

  8. meowmeowmagoo says:

    i really like brewer, he is a very solid player

  9. I would trade Garcia for brewer in a minute plus a draft pick

  10. nba says:

    the problem with brewer he doesnt have no jump shot cavaliers dont really need him cause the rookie harris is making a impact on defend and hes a shooter cavaliers need big player that defend thats all they need cause shawn marion can defend 3 position sometimes 4

  11. LeBRONATICS says:

    be a CAVS member dude 🙂

  12. verysadokcfan says:

    I’m sure wherever he goes, he’s gonna be happy to just leave that trainwreck that is the Timberwolves. I thought they were going to be a good team w/ those rookies they got from Cleveland.

  13. showbaba says:

    Hi might see more minutes in Cavs than in Houston. I”ll think Cav might need his services better.

  14. Common Sense says:

    Go to the Rockets!

  15. Shawn Kemp no. 1 says:

    do they promise to feed him?