Being as it is July 9, the heart of the offseason for sporadic NBA rumors is among us with the latest rumor involving a potential return of a former Timberwolves lottery pick. The former 7th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft out of Florida is Corey Brewer, the 6-foot-9 SG/SF who Minnesota fans remember best for his smile and big heart.
Brewer failed to live up to the hype after being a top-10 selection for the Wolves but proved to be a serviceable swingman in the NBA after contributing in a reserve role for the 2010 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and following the title victory with two productive seasons for the Denver Nuggets.
Brewer, 27, appeared in 82 games last season for the Nuggets and averaged 12.1 points in 24.4 minutes per contest off the bench. His PER of 14.76 ranked ahead of all Timberwolves wings except Andrei Kirilenko, who is expected to sign with a different club after opting out of the last year of his contract.
Following the unofficially-official signings of Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic (who cannot formally sign new contracts until July 10), the Timberwolves may not have enough available cap space to sign Brewer outright. However, with a pair of trade chips in J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour, Minnesota could look to complete a sign-and-trade deal that could bring Brewer back to the team that drafted him.
Brewer’s role with the Timberwolves would definitely be much different than the first time around, as the team has done some major reshuffling in the past two years in order to give the team a legitimate shot at placing in the top-8 teams in the Western Conference and earning a trip to the playoffs.
While the former Florida standout does not solve Minnesota’s perimeter shooting woes, he does add versatility as a player who can fit in at both the 2 and the 3 while being a threat when running in transition. He brings high intensity on the defensive end and is renowned by coaches around the league for his character and devotion to the game. Minnesota fans should not have a difficult time accepting him back into the Timberwolves family and it would be great to see a reunion between the two parties.
Interestingly enough, Brewer spends his offseasons working out with, yes, Kevin Martin. Maybe one of the Wolves newest additions could put in a nice recruiting pitch, eh?
Just an FYI: Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer work out together summers in Tampa area
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) July 9, 2013