2013 NBA Free Agency: Minnesota Timberwolves Land Corey Brewer, Solidify Defense

By Ryan Heckman


Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves have continued their free agency splurge by working out a deal with one of the better wing defenders in the NBA, Corey Brewer.



After agreeing with Kevin Martin and re-signing Chase Budinger, the Wolves have truly solidified their wing rotation by bringing in the phenomenal defender that is Brewer.

The 27 year-old veteran small forward started his career in Minnesota after being drafted out of Florida. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks after a couple of seasons, and then signed with the Denver Nuggets. This summer, the Nuggets have already lost out on Andre Iguodala and now the Wolves have practically cleaned them out by bringing in Brewer.

Brewer will bring a much-needed defensive presence on the perimeter which was desperately needed after losing out on Andrei Kirilenko who opted out of the final year and $10 million of his contract.

The Wolves are now set at the win positions also having drafted Shabazz Muhammad out of UCLA. Muhammad will probably get some playing time, but Brewer, Martin and Budinger will get most of the run. In any event, Minnesota is loving this summer so far and will enter into next season much improved.

Assuming the Wolves can bring back Nikola Pekovic in the coming hours, Minnesota could be looking at a playoff run — as odd as that sounds. Combine these guys with point guard Ricky Rubio and power forward Kevin Love, Minnesota has a phenomenal roster in comparison to what they had in recent years.

Look for Minnesota to make some noise in the Western Conference in 2013 now that they have added the final necessary piece to their team. Brewer could be the guy to put the Wolves over the playoff hump, and I wouldn’t doubt they will be in the race come next spring.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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