Timberwolves add Corey Brewer with three-year deal
Corey Brewer will spend the next three-years in Minnesota as part of a $15 million deal, according to reports. But Corey Brewer’s contract could be part of a much larger and complicated deal with details of the transaction still pouring in.
In order to clear the cap space need to add Corey Brewer, the Minnesota Timberwolves plan to send Luke Ridnour to the Milwaukee Bucks, and execute a sign-and-trade deal that brings Kevin Martin to Minnesota from Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Milwaukee Bucks will take on Luke Ridnour’s $4.3 million salary for next season, while the Minnesota won't incur any salaries in exchange for him. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Thunder will receive a $7 million trade exception as part of the agreement to sign-and-trade Kevin Martin.
Kevin Martin and the Minnesota Timberwolves had agreed to a four-year, worth nearly $30 million contract last week, and were planning to announce the signing after the free agency moratorium was lifted on Wednesday. But the 30-year-old Kevin Martin agreed to hold off the press conference when Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Flip Sanders decided to turn the one-free agent signing into a sign-and-trade deal. As a bonus, the move helps the team in its search for a versatile, defensive-minded swingman to fill the void left by Andrei Kirilenko’s departure.
The Minnesota Timberwolves believe Corey Brewer can fill that role after the team drafted him 7th overall out of Florida in 2007, and 3 ½ seasons later traded him away to the Dallas Mavericks as part of the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade. Corey Brewer finally found his role with the Denver Nuggets last season as he provided a spark of the bench, scoring 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest. He appeared in a total of 82 games with the Denver Nuggets while starting two contests.
Corey Brewer not only adds to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ backcourt depth, but is also a solid wing defender who can be used in some intriguing lineups. While the Minnesota Timberwolves could be a little crowded in the backcourt with Ricky Rubio and Alexey Shved already in place there, Corey Brewer could still see a lot of minutes on the court as he is more of a combo guard/forward player and could slide into small forward spot.