Brewer to sign with Wolves

According to Yahoo!Sports.com, Denver Nuggets free agent Corey Brewer has reached a three-year, $15 million agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves. While exact details of the deal have yet to be finalized, Yahoo! is reporting the Nuggets likely will not participate in a sign-and-trade with the Wolves. This ends Brewer’s brief two-year tenure with the Nuggets in which he saw tremendous growth as a player while thriving under George Karl’s fastbreak offense. Brewer had gone on record as saying he’d have liked to re-sign with the Nuggets. With his departure, three of Denver’s top seven rotational players (in terms of minutes logged during the regular season) are no longer on the roster.

  • DavidRMC

    I will miss Brewer’s perpetuating smile the most.

    • Matthew Owens

      Man, we would always joke about this. My brother and I. He’d be smiling when the worst possible moment just happened and he missed a crucial contesting of a 3pt shot… which he did on many occasions.

  • LegalizeDenverNuggets

    Sad to see such an exciting, good natured guy go. I’m happy he got recognized and paid. That being said, I understand why the Nuggets weren’t willing to dole out 5 mill a year for him. Look forward to seeing what he can do with Minny’s squad!

  • ZShelt

    “I love this roster” – Shaw

    Roster completely changes…

    • Cullen

      I think your comment rests upon absurdity, honestly. For example, the main moves that have been made in the Shaw era have been: Trading KK for Darrell Arthur. A trade that is very debatable, but one I’m willing to put faith in. KK is expendable and is not a top center in the league. Iggy leaving? Not Shaw’s move. In fact, Iggy turned down more money to go play at GS. Brewer leaving? Again a choice probably not made by Shaw, but Foye will probably be net more consistent and better. Hickson addition? Adds offensive post depth. So, honestly… Shaw probably hasn’t been pulling a lot of the moves off, either. Believe in Shaw, or at least give him a chance.

      • dynamo.joe

        I think you completely missed his point. Shaw is the coach not the GM. Not to say he wasn’t asked his opinion, but a rookie coach who was passed over a dozen times probably isn’t given a large voice in these discussions.

        Shaw said he loved the roster and then KronC changed a large chunk of the roster.

        • ZShelt

          Sorry I wasn’t very clear Cullen, I wasn’t blaming Shaw for the changes… just found all the changes ironic after his statement.

      • sherlock

        I agree with your first 2 points. Shaw probably didn’t have a lot to do with the KK trade since he had just been hired a week or so prior. I’d imagine though that the FO brought it to Shaw’s attention that Brew was getting in the neighborhood of 5 mil a year and if Shaw thought/wanted him on the team at that price, to which Shaw wisely passed on.

    • GKDynasty

      It’s just another example of the Nuggets new mission statement, “If it ain’t broke, completely destroy it and reassemble it with new pieces.” We’re not going to be anywhere near as competitive as our 57-win team from last year, and not even remotely as fun to watch. Oh well, at least all the haters from last year will be happy…

    • ryanvdonk

      i think iggy not resigning had a lot to do with it, without him in for defense and a secondary ball handler it changes the makeup of the team. i’m still interested to see how the rotation turns out for the bigs, that’s the biggest question for me, if hickson is playing a lot of center it doesn’t bode well for our defense.
      as for the pg, it’s ty, this is his team. 2 and 3 should be pretty interchangable, chandler, jham, foye and fournier should split the minutes till gallo gets back, then it gets kinda muddled. qmiller and green probably wont see much time, though if quincy added a few pounds maybe he jumps in the mix. green is a combo guard anyway, so maybe he gets some run later in the season. and as for backup point, im fine with milller as long as he never plays with ty. 15-20 minutes a game and hopefully not to apathetic on d.

  • Adam Kunce

    Ok, so since I have been following closely so far of “call it what you will in “Denver Nuggets history” I was cool with Mr. Dolla 2 make u Holla. He decided to go, and it is what it is. The loss of Brewer, on the other hand, makes my head shake just a little. Let us first face facts. 1> Iggy played one season, and Mark J and him seem to have…. a “relationship” I won’t go any further than that, but u all can draw your own conclusions. Although I like Iggy as a player, he ain’t a superstar. his D>>>>>FENCE was suspect at best. Like Mello, Iggy didn’t want to stay here. Bummer I guess, but you say to him good luck, and we”ll Kick ya ass next time you are in town. As much as I love Faried, he has trading capitol, and desirably so. He is like a Rodman with more offensive skills. Faried is our blue chip. A trade with his name may bring to us a more win win situation. How about Dallas? Dirk for Faried, and some bonus goodies for the nuggs. We both win, and gain what we need most. Win lose or draw, in this case I am not betting against the house. . .

    • heykyleinsf

      Somebody is always going to be butthurt if you blaspheme St Iggy.. but I totally agree. I would have preferred he stayed, but WOW not for what we put on the table for him. He proved beyond a shadow of any reasonable doubt, he’s a first rate Judas. I also totally fail to see the fit with GSW. If they had anything going for them, it was an amazing backcourt. They overpaid to deteriorate. Also, from Steph Curry’s tweet response.. I detected him feeling something less than overjoyed.

      Dirk is a legend, no doubt, and someone that good probably has more in the tank than the average player by definition.. but his recent injuries are worrisome, and I really don’t want to see us deviate from the youth movement right now.. I’m more inclined to give the guys a chance, even if Dirk would be an awesome fit. I also really doubt if Cuban and the city of Dallas would seem him off so easily..they love him down there.

    • wij

      I agree with your first part, but the Faried for Dirk trade is completely absurd. Why would you trade a talented young player for someone 11 years older?? With just 1 year left on his contract?? More ridiculous is the idea that Cuban would ever trade Dirk. Dirk will be a Mav for life. Plus word is he is willing to take a significant pay-cut when his contract is up to help assist Dallas in attracting a quality free agent. “Bonus goodies”??? Denver would be the one having to give up more to match the salary.

      • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

        Plus Dirk has a no-trade clause, so he would have to sign off on any trade including him.

    • Michael

      I dont even know where to begin with this. First off Iggy is unarguably one of the best wing defenders in the league so “suspect at best” is laughable. Second, Brewer is an energy guy who falls way too in love with the three ball. aka not a 5 mil guy. Also I do not see the point in trading away a young promising asset on a young growing team for a player that we would basically be renting for a year.

      • Paul Highum

        Actually the idea of trading away Faried terrifies me. He is still developing and needs to work on his fundamentals and defense to be sure. But even taking into account those flaws several advanced metrics rank his as a top forward in the league. http://www.thenbageek.com/players?direction=desc&sort=wins_produced and http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics/_/position/sf

      • heykyleinsf

        Iggy is a good defender.
        But he got fried vs GSW.
        70 points a game or so from the backcourt.
        That’s not a shutdown defender.
        That’s somebody getting smoked.

        • Paul Highum

          Nuggets were 9 points per 100 possessions better with Iggy on the court. Without him their defense would have been last in the league

  • heykyleinsf

    It doesn’t seem like the Nuggets did anything to try and make him stay. Why didn’t they?

    • Scott

      I believe it said 5 million…

      • heykyleinsf

        Brewer is worth it.

        • sherlock

          Brewer is not worth 5 mil a year. Period.

          • heykyleinsf

            I’m sure you’re one of the guys that would say Iggy was worth $12M at the same time.

            • sherlock

              lol no iggy is not worth 12 mil a year either at age 30.

    • dynamo.joe

      Because he isn’t a good basketball player?

      • Chris Sanchez

        exactly…he had his moments but any average Joe could jack up needless 3 after needless 3 and miss consistently. His effort and energy off the bench will be missed but to pay more than 2-3 mil a year for just that is ridiculous…If he is asked to do anything other than what he did here he will not succeed and start bouncing around the league again

  • David Acker

    While the roster is changing I hear a lot of complaining etc… Yes they won 57 games but the roster clearly needed one or two shooters(Foye) McGhee starting(bye KK) and a healthy Gallo(hopefully)! I’m still not sure about Hickson which makes me think another move is on the horizon but let’s give these new guys a chance. Brewer was a good energy player and fit well into GK’s scheme but Shaw and co clearly didn’t want him… Change can be GOOD

  • Vitor Lago

    Thanks for two great season Brewer, you were always fun to watch. Now lets see what Hamilton can do.

    • slader

      Corey always played hard and I really enjoyed watching him, even though Karl gave him the green light to jack up 3s, which made me cringe. I don’t think the new FO was against him, but they did not want to overpay. Sure enough, Minny did just that. We are better off with Foye at 3M than Brewer at 5M, but I wish him the best.

  • Thomas

    Brewer was great for us, momentum changer of the bench. It was right to move him – GK used him too much and tried to make him what he is not – a shooter and a 25 minute player.

    Hamilton and Fournier will get their chance and most of us are all happy with that – every young player with potential deserves a chance (meaningful minutes for a full season) to show their stuff. Some guys deliver, others don’t have it – the FO knows it’s no sure thing. Foye hopefully will be used complementary, when we need shooting (when guys are cold) and spacing the floor.

  • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

    Brewer always gave 100% on the court for Denver, and that makes me respect him. KronCon and Shaw obviously have a different plan for the Nuggets, and I guess Foye’s signing made Brewer expendable, especially since his price tag ended up at $5 mil (same pr. year as Denver is paying a double-double player in J.J. Hickson).

    Thanks for these entertaining two years, Brewer. You have my respect.

    • dynamo.joe

      I don’t think anyone has ever said Brewer is a cancer or he doesn’t always make an effort. But this isn’t little league anymore. You don’t get participation trophies.

      Brewer should be a 9th guy (not the 6th man) in the rotation making $1-3M. He should be the guy every fan wants to see get extended playing time, because it means the game is well in hand and we are resting starters and he seems like a genuinely nice guy. But he is just not talented enough to be absorbing 2000 minutes on a team that had its sights set on the WCF and with a little luck the Finals.

      That said I’m happy for Corey that he got someone to give him $5M and I’m even more happy that it’s not the team I root for which is paying it.

      • sherlock

        I’m not sure why this post has received 2 down votes. While it may be a touch harsh, that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Brewer is a solid role player, energy/hustle off the bench. I don’t think he’s worth 5 mil a year, or a 6th man. 15 20 min a game tops, tough D, a steal or two and a couple of 3′s. No way he should be taking 15+ shots like he did in a lot of games last season.

        • LBJ

          I totally agree. C Brew as your 8-9 guy, getting 15-20 a game is about right. It also appears Shaw wants to dial back the speed at which the Nugs play – which further hurts Brewer. He is much less effective in a half court offense.

  • steve

    I will miss brewer as well. but happy we didn’t spend 5 mill per year. anyone know exactly how the trade exception works? i know it’s 9 mill, but just using this as an example…can we trade andre miller for granger and use the trade exception since the difference is about 9 mill? or does exception have to cover the entire players salary. not saying Indy would do this, just asking.

    • sherlock

      I brought up the exact same scenario with Granger, TomRMC pointed out the numbers didn’t match up, that we would have to trade back the same amount of salary that Granger is owed in our player salaries. I think if healthy Granger would be great and Indiana has almost no use for him with Paul George.

  • Gregory Houston

    Clearly the Nuggets are more interested in performing better in the playoffs. The last playoffs, KK was terrible…he’s gone. Brewer was terrible…he’s gone. I like what the Nuggets are doing and can’t wait for next season to begin.

  • Aaron

    Well, we lost our crutch. Here’s hoping there aren’t any games next year where we need a bench guy who can’t shoot come out and jack up 17 shots, and save our butts when the starters didn’t show up. Brew ain’t worth 5 mil. It’s just with him and Andre Miller. . I wonder who our crutches will be

  • toluene hawk

    Well, Chauncey would rather go to the USA’s own 3rd world country in no-contender-Detroit than play for the frat brothers KronCon…

    • Michael

      Actually the Nugs just had no interest in bringing him in…..

      • toluene hawk

        I didn’t realize you worked in the KSE satellite office

        • Michael

          It is actually just common sense seeing as they have said they want to see what their young guards can do. It has nothing to do with Kronke especially since Chauncey even said he wanted to retire in Detroit while he was still on the Nugs. Dont get me wrong I love Chauncey and would love to see him back in a nugget uniform but the idea of paying a 36 yr old guard who has played 42 games in the past two seasons makes no sense when we have so many young prospects.

    • heykyleinsf

      I would like some more info on this. I think there would have been interest in Chauncey if we didn’t have the Andre Miller albatross.

      • Nuggz2

        Chauncey has already said publicly in the past (last year I believe) that he has no desire to come back to the Nuggets. He said he doesn’t want to go to a team that has already traded him twice.

  • Brad from Arvada

    Mar. 21, 2013 — No time on the clock, down by two to the Sixers, Brewer fouled behind the arc — three shots. At the line, Brewer. Swish, Swish, Swish. Nuggets win the game!!!! Nugs win streak extends to 14 . . .

    Instant Energy will be missed.

    • ny nugs fan

      thanks for the reminder!!! that’s how i’ll remember corey brewer for the nugs… drawing that foul behind the arc and then hitting all three of those shots from the line

    • heykyleinsf

      That was easily the most big time.. but not the lone example of how C-Brew lit a fire when the team was looking like they were rolling over and playing dead. Out of the three players missing now.. just IMHO.. Brewer will be missed the most.

      • Brad from Arvada

        I’d have to agree.

  • LobCiudad

    I honestly feel like I’m in an episode of the twilight zone. Last season we were building something great. We were all talking about bringing home an NBA title in the next few years. We went from a rising sun to a sinking ship. Now more than ever it just feels like this ship is taking on water. I can’t help but fear we’re in for some vintage 90′s era Nuggets basketball. Kind of makes me sick.

    • Bryan

      It may have looked promising. But what they were building turned out to be a team that couldn’t win with home court advantage in the playoffs.

    • Brad from Arvada

      So many unknowns. Impossible to know what Shaw is going to be able to do with this roster. Again, no stars. GK pulled off amazing reg. seasons with nobodies the last two years, and with head-cases in the six before that. Can Shaw, who’ll be working with even fewer proven assets than GK had? Truly, NO one SHOULD expect much from the Nuggets this year . . . it’s up to the team to prove everybody wrong.

  • spentonbargains

    Hope the Nuggets get Brandon Jennings in free agency, a Gallinari-like player

    • Paul Highum

      Guy shoots under 40% from the field on his career.

    • Brad from Arvada

      He’s a PG. Find us a SG/wing who can defend. Then you’re on to something.

    • LBJ

      Gallo like? In what way? When I watch him play, he just jacks up a ton of shots from everywhere.

    • Chris Sanchez

      clearly you have never watched Jennings play…first they already have a scoring PG wiith Lawson, so that is just redundant. second he is a horrible defender and decision maker. third, he couldn’t hit an outside shot if his life depended upson it.

  • Kyle Henson

    Let’s all take a deep breath before we start condemning this season. More than any other year in recent memory, the Nuggets enter the season with an incredible amount of unknowns. McGee, Fournier, Hamilton, and Quincy MIller are all players with a degree of mystery to them. Let’s see how McGee does in a starting role and how Fournier can develop. Hamilton has yet to play meaningful minutes in a season, but has shown promise. And I wouldn’t count out Mozzy just yet. The guy got on Karl’s bad side last year, but he had solid outings when he got in and was a solid player the year before.

    • herpderpnuggets

      i heard rumors that the nets have interest in mozzie, and with all the moves they have been making lately, it is pretty likely

      • LBJ

        They just signed AF47 for virtually nothing – that interest is likely gone.

        • herpderpnuggets

          yeah but nuggets dont have much space either

          • LBJ

            We have more than enough space to retain Mozzy (he has Bird rights so we can exceed the cap).
            Sounds like AK 47 has no interest in playing for the Nuggets – as he signed for less than C Brew! We could have paid him twice what the Nets did and got him with a S&T for Brewer – assuming he had any interest at all in coming here.

  • Quincy Miller 30

    I think Hamilton is going to surprise a lot of people.

    • Trevor

      If he gets consistent minutes. Could easily put up 15pts and 6reb playing 24+mins.

      • toluene hawk

        So could Monta Ellis

        • Trevor

          JHam >>> http://www.thenbageek.com/players/1232-jordan-Hamilton
          Monta >>> http://www.thenbageek.com/players/93-monta-ellis

          Well your claim is not substantiated by any statistics or film. Try harder troll.

          • toluene hawk

            Oh I’m sorry, I guess someone who has been riding the pine for 3 years can outpace a 9 year vet who is known for putting up numbers. You’re right.

            Can’t wait to middle school is back in session, then folks like Trevor won’t come round and spew JHam rhetoric.

            • Trevor

              Im sorry I backed my claim up with facts … In no season of Monta’s career has he ever averaged 6reb even had he played 48mins a game. I never claimed JHam was a better player than Monta, just put a reasonable expectation for his on court production given a minimum amount of of minutes. JHam could rebound at an elite rate for a SG while contributing double digit scoring.

              And unfortunately I’ve been on this site for 4 years and running, no plans of leaving. Don’t get all emotional about being wrong either as it reeks of immaturity.

              • toluene hawk

                Oh I’m sorry, I guess someone who has been riding the pine for 3 years can outpace a 9 year vet who is known for putting up numbers. You’re right.

                Can’t wait to middle school is back in session, then folks like Trevor won’t come round and spew JHam rhetoric.

  • Trevor

    Glad Brewer is gone. He was a part of a lot of our worst +/- lineups.

  • John Kobbeman

    Corey’s smile, attitude and energy will be missed. and he does the one thing Iguodala didn’t… Thank Denver and its fans for their support. Which is why he doesn’t get un-followed like Iggy the douche.

    • heykyleinsf

      OMG some people ’round these parts will be butthurt over that.
      But yeah. Brewer has gratitude.
      Iggy … well he never liked us in the first place.
      Funny how he’s been anointed to sainthood,
      and there are people on here “Glad to be rid of him!”

      They’re both gone now, but in hindisight’s 20/20…
      Brewer was clearly the nicer guy.