Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Corey Brewer is back in Minnesota with the Timberwolves--the team that drafted him seventh overall in 2007, however he returns as a much more polished player and one who now knows his limitations and accepts his role on an NBA squad.
With Andrei Kirilenko turning down the guaranteed $10million from Minnesota and joining the contending Brooklyn Nets, the Wolves found themselves in dire need of a quality perimeter defender. Flip had already reached agreements with Chase Budinger to return and Kevin Martin to re-join Adelman, however neither of those players are known for their great defense.
That's when Flip turned to a former Wolf and unrestricted free agent Corey Brewer. Brewer was with the Wolves until 2011 when he was traded to the New York Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal (in which the Wolves received Anthony Randolph and also sent Kosta Koufos to Denver). Corey never played a game for the Knicks and was waived less than a week later. Brewer joined the Mavericks toward the end of the season and was a bench warmer during Dallas' title run that netted them rings that June.
Brewer was again traded, this time to Denver as a part of the Rudy Fernandez trade. Corey spent the last two seasons in Denver under the tutelage of future Hall-of-Fame coach George Karl, who helped him understand his limitations as a player and how to accentuate his better qualities to be the best of his ability.
Brewer is now known for being a terrific 'ball hawk', he plays passing lanes very well, is dynamite in transition offense (just think of all the Rubio alley-oops we'll see in the coming years!!) and has added a corner three to his offensive repertoire.
I was definitely unhappy when the Wolves traded him in 2011 for Anthony Randolph. During that 2010-11 season, Wesley Johnson was the starting two-guard (handed the starting job from day one), with Wes underperforming, coach Kurt Rambis decided to start his energy guy, Brewer. Corey was terrific on the floor as a part of the starting unit that included Luke Ridnour, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love and Darko Milicic.
It's the same reason I liked Anthony Tolliver during his time in Minnesota. Tolliver and Brewer are two guys that always give it their all when they're on the floor, the hustle to loose balls and always give 100% on both ends.
Corey may or may not be the starting small forward when the regular season begins, however with him being Minnesota's new Defensive Stopper, he will see plenty of playing time and will likely be on the floor in the deciding moments of close games.
Brewer's a much more well-rounded player and is ready to return to Minnesota hoops as a complementary piece to Love, Rubio, Pek & Martin. I'm definitely one who's excited to have him back, especially if he's "better than ever".
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