2013 NBA Free Agency: Who Will Replace Corey Brewer On the Denver Nuggets?

By Jordan Morey
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets will sit and watch as free agent Corey Brewer signs with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Brewer will reportedly sign a three-year $15 million contract with the Wolves.

Last season, Brewer was an offensive threat off the bench for the Nuggets. He averaged 12.1 points, 1.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 24.3 minutes. Brewer showed his versatility by playing at shooting guard and small forward during the season.

Wilson Chandler will likely take the load of Brewer’s minutes off the bench. Chandler averaged 13 points, 1.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 43 games for the Nuggets last season. In 2012, Chandler started the season coming off a labral tear in his left hip. He needs to produce now that he is coming to the 2013-14 at full strength.

Second-year man Evan Fournier is expected to start at the off-guard position for the Nuggets. Last season, Fournier had flashes of brilliance as the seasoned progressed. He averaged 5.3 points on 40.7 percent shooting from three in 11.3 minutes. With Brewer on the Wolves, Fournier will get even more playing time. However, Fournier is still very young and inexperienced. There’s a lot of doubt whether or not he should start in all 82 games.

Luckily, the Nuggets signed veteran guard Randy Foye from the Utah Jazz earlier in the week to help Fournier. Foye, who’s a great shooter, will help put points on the board off the bench.

The Nuggets acquired Brewer in 2011 when the Dallas Mavericks traded him and Rudy Fernandez to the Nuggets for a second-round draft pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Jordan Morey is a Denver Nuggets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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