Source: Mavs To Win Bidding On Corey Brewer
Posted Mar 2, 2011

Corey Brewer, the subject of a post-buyout bidding war among NBA contenders and non-contenders alike, is lined up to accept what is termed a 'creative' offer to join the Mavs, a source tells

"Looks like happy news,'' an NBA source informs us regarding the acquisition of Corey Brewer, the young defensive ace who, assuming he clears waivers (Thursday afternoon) and all else goes as planned, will be playing with his third organization in just a week.

Initial reports had the Celtics, the Spurs, the Thunder and the Mavericks are interested in the services of Brewer, 24, who was traded from Minnesota to New York in the Melo deal and this week was subsequently given a buyout by the Knicks.

As this week dragged on -- the Mavs having made their "creative'' bid with the help of personal contact between coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban and the player -- more teams interceded. Did he want to join the Heat? The Hornets? The Bulls? If it was about money ...

We haven't confirmed what our source means by "creative.'' speculated yesterday that Dallas might offer Brewer a two-year deal. ESPN is reporting now that Brewer, taken No. 7 overall in the 2007 draft, might receive a three-year deal "worth between $7 million and $8 million.''

The Mavs "kept their powder dry'' by keeping available their MLE, a tool that is likely being used here. (While the deal might be BAE-sized, it's likely carved from the MLE. Use the BAE now and you don't have that asset for next year, as we understand it.)

We are told that after having played with a non-contender like Minnesota, part of Dallas' pitch to Brewer was the role he might play with a winner. Another factor: The role he might play, period, with a team that boasts great depth but flexibility within that depth.

Can Brewer be another DeShawn? Or maybe even a poor man's Tayshaun Prince?

In other words, Carlisle's "Be Ready'' philosophy could mean a chance, on given nights, for Brewer to be something more than a 12th man. In fact, it could be argued that he will instantly become Dallas' best perimeter defender, usurping DeShawn Stevenson in that category. Under Carlisle, it's easy to envision Brewer as an end-of-bencher ... or as an occasional starter.

Potential matchups against the likes of Manu, Durant and Kobe become at least slightly more advantageous for the Mavs if Brewer is an available weapon.

Depending on how this plays out, it won't just be DeShawn who might be affected by this. Peja's minutes are in play. And Roddy B's development might be in play, too.

Brewer has a fine defensive reputation, lacks a scoring reputation (while averaging 9.1 points per game in his career) and for some reason was viewed as a non-fit in NY (UPDATE: Skin checks in to note that Brewer's NY release actually might be serving as a favor to him - and to his agent, Happy Walters, who also reps Amare). Brewer played the sixth-most minutes of any player in Minnesota, though. There was something there, and the good teams saw it.

And we see it in two years of numbers. First, the raw stuff ... and then two years of interesting numbers ...



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Our analysis: There are shooting problems, yes. Brewer's shooting has slipped this year and therefore so has his PER. We think he performs well in the intangibles however because even though none of his boxscore stats jump out at you, he still manages to be a positive force when on the court (as one can see from his plus/minus numbers). Generally, his offense is his defense ...

The thoughts of the personnel dept: Last year, he was in some ways the most consistently effective player on the Timberwolves (yes, framed this way, better than Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, and Johnny Flynn) in regard to adjusted plus/minus.

Now move him away from a situation where he is getting the sixth most minutes. Move him away from a situation where he is being asked to be a stabilizing force on a lost team.

He can have at least a specialized role at the end of the bench. So what's the big deal? His acquisition represents a victory in a mini-arms race with other contenders. It's a win-win to have Corey Brewer with Dallas -- because that means he's not in a place like San Antonio playing against Dallas. And at a relatively affordable price, it can mean even more wins in the future under the terms of a multi-year deal that gives Brewer a chance to develop into a true contributor with a true contender.

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