Corey Brewer, moves on after his second go-around with the Timberwolves. A reunion that was supposed to team him long-term with Kevin Love to finally end Minnesota's playoff drought. Instead, the Timberwolves missed the playoffs yet again in 2013-14, they moved Kevin Love to the Cavaliers in the offseason and to begin 2014-15, the injury bug hit the Wolves hard--that led to a 5-19 record and Flip Saunders ultimately admitting what everyone really knew coming into the season--this would be (another) rebuilding year.
Corey Brewer now joins a contender, where he'll return to the role of sixth man spark plug--like his days in Denver under George Karl. Brewer will be the reserve small forward for a team that desperately needed some quality wing depth.
Ronny Turiaf recently underwent season-ending hip surgery. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, so it was ultimately a salary dump for Minnesota. The Rockets are reportedly searching for a third team to take on Turiaf's contract (Philadelphia, perhaps?).
The Wolves receive Troy Daniels and two future second-round picks. Daniels is a sharpshooter--an excellent three-point marksman. He's a combo guard that will likely see some time as the backup point guard--for the injury-riddled Timberwolves who are currently without starter Ricky Rubio with that ankle injury. Mo Williams has been dealing with a back injury that's limiting his minutes (and he even admitted himself that if the Wolves had other healthy players, he wouldn't be playing right now).
Brewer has played in all 24 games for Minnesota, including 16 games started. He is averaging 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.25 steals, .418 FG, .195 3PT, 0.71 FT in 28.3 minutes. Turiaf played sparingly in just two games this season before getting injured.
Troy Daniels has played 17 games for Houston this season. He's averaging 2.7 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.2 assists, .319 FG, .302 3PT, 0.75 FT in 6.4 minutes per game. With all of Minnesota's injuries, he'll most certainly see a bump in minutes, once he gets up to speed on Minnesota's offensive & defensive schemes.
Troy will almost certainly NOT be available for Minnesota's game tonight (@Boston). Minnesota's next game will be Sunday (Dec. 21) vs. the Pacers.
As of right now, here's an updated look at Minnesota's depth chart...
Zach LaVine, Troy Daniels, Mo Williams (IR), Ricky Rubio (IR)
Andrew Wiggins, Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin (IR)
Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, Glenn Robinson III
Thaddeus Young, Anthony Bennett
Gorgui Dieng, Jeff Adrien, Nikola Pekovic (IR)
With Brewer gone, Shabazz Muhammad will almost definitely be promoted to the starting lineup. This also means that Jeff Adrien will likely now receive a rest-of-the-season contract.
Here's a look at Minnesota's depth chart once everyone's healthy...
Ricky Rubio, Mo Williams, Zach LaVine
Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger, Troy Daniels
Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, Glenn Robinson III
Thaddeus Young, Anthony Bennett, Jeff Adrien, Robbie Hummel
Nikola Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng
There's a very good chance that the Timberwolves aren't done dealing. Being that this is undoubtedly a rebuilding year, there are a number of players on the trading block. Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic are all on the trading block.
The NBA trade deadline is in February, giving Flip plenty of time to explore more deals. Stay tuned to HOWL for all the updates.