Report: Rockets, Cavaliers in talks to trade for Corey Brewer
The Minnesota Timberwolves are re-building with young assets after acquiring no. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeus Young in the blockbuster deal that sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, one of Minnesota’s few veterans, Corey Brewer, could be active on the trading block,
Sources told ESPN.com that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets have emerged as the most serious suitors for Brewer, whose arrival would be a notable boost for either team in terms of depth.
Minnesota is believed to be seeking future assets in exchange for Brewer as it tries to accelerate its rebuilding effort in the wake of trading star power forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers in August. Both Cleveland and Houston possess a trade exception large enough to absorb Brewer’s $4.7 million salary, meaning that both teams would likely be able to acquire Brewer by merely surrendering future draft compensation and without giving up any key players.
Brewer also has a player option for $4.9 million next season.
More teams might surface along the way, but Houston and Cleveland are here early as frontrunners. Brewer’s style seems to fit more with the Rockets, who could use another scrappy rotation wing, than the Cavaliers, who are currently based on offense and shooting.
A veteran of Brewer’s services can be serviceable and useful in either scenario because they won’t call for him to do much but scrap and contribute in his own way. Brewer doesn’t make any team a title contender, but a title contender could benefit from what he brings to the table.