The free agency pursuits continue for the Minnesota Timberwolves. After already bringing in Kevin Martin and re-signing Chase Budinger, Flip Saunders and company have their eye on yet another swingman to join their roster.
Hearing: Wolves still chasing Corey Brewer, trying hard to trade Luke Ridnour to create more spending room or sell Denver on sign-and-trade
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2013
Corey Brewer started his career with the Wolves and it wasn’t until he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks when he truly started developing more as a player, specifically as a phenomenal defender. In his years after Minnesota, he played less minutes but was more efficient of a player overall.
Minnesota would love to bring him back to be their prime perimeter defender, as they’ve already established shooting with Budinger and Martin. Rookie Shabazz Muhammad will likely get some run on the wing and has potential to be a solid defender as well. But, Brewer is a sure thing and would contribute instantly.
Offensively, he wouldn’t be too shabby of an option. For his career, Brewer is averaging about 10 points per game. Last season with the Denver Nuggets, he posted 12.1 points per game in just about 24 minutes on average.
For the Wolves, they would get a guy who could guard the best there is in the NBA. At 6’9” he can just about defend any shooting guard or small forward out there at a very high level. This is what the Wolves are looking for at this point in the summer — a prime defender who they can trust on the perimeter.
Look for the Wolves to send an offer his way sooner or later and depending on his other suitors, Brewer may not be able to resist coming back to where his career started.