Mavericks Getting a Teeny Tiny Bit of Help for Stretch Run with Corey Brewer

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Corey Brewer
Don't get too giddy if and when the Dallas Mavericks sign free-agent forward Corey Brewer today. Decent player at both ends of the court, but it's basically one more attempt to fill in the gaps left by the absence of Caron Butler.

Maybe with the additions of Peja Stojakovic, Roddy Beaubois and Brewer, the Mavs can be as good as they were with Butler before Christmas. That team ran off a 17-1 stretch to climb to 24-5. This team -- sans Butler after his January 1 season-ending injury -- has produced another 17-1 stretch to put some heat on the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA's Western Conference.

The good news: Center Tyson Chandler's sprained ankle is no biggie, as he'll miss only two games and that shouldn't be significant considering Dallas' next two are at home against the Pacers and Grizzlies.

The Brewers news: Meh.

You probably remember him more at Florida in college than at Minnesota in the NBA. At 6-9 with long arms, he's a different type player who doesn't necessarily shoot or score consistently. Defensively, he's above average, but I giggle when I hear the locals talk about him like he's the second coming of Scottie Pippen.

Brewer was the seventh overall pick by the Timberwolves in the 2007 draft and, after an underwhelming couple of seasons, was sent to the New York Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony triangle deal last week. The Knicks cut him almost immediately, and today he's expected to clear waivers.

I give the Mavs credit for adding pieces here and there. Stojakovic might win them a game somewhere along the line with his shooting and Brewer might make a key defensive stop with his quickness and length.

Consider this a move along the lines of what the Texas Rangers did last summer when they attempted to bolster their playoff push with the likes of Cristian Guzman, Jorge Cantu and Jeff Francoeur.

In other words, it might not help. But it certainly doesn't hurt.


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Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW, did you see Sturms tweet last night..had a vidja link to a breakaway dunk by Brewer..it was on the Lakeshows old man PG ..vicious winning

Curious
Curious

WOW Richie you're so smart and the Celtics, Spurs, Lakers, Thunder, and Mavericks are so dumb. Why would they want this guy. You should be a GM for all the NBA teams getting paid millions instead of the two cents your getting for your opinion. After all you write for (insert the snigger laugh giggle sound track) the DALLAS OBSERVER where all great basketball minds work.

Kellie
Kellie

Now, maybe I'm being a homer here...but...

Teeny-Tiny? A 6'9 2/3 that can help guard the Kobe's and Manu's of the world? Two of the best players on two of the best teams and help guarding them is teeny-tiny...

The Mavs have proven lately that they have the offense. 4-5 players in doubles nightly, 100+ games regularly, 2nd best scoring bench in the league... so even just a 2% increase on help guarding some highly prolific offense kinda makes the description teeny-tiny laughable.

As far as the Knicks waive...MD'A is about that offense, especially on the wings. Not a fit. Forget the Knicks, Boston and San Antonio wanted him, and from a Dallas view...gaining Brewer AND causing the Spurs to lose out...we call that bi-winning!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Cuban even just said, this wasnt a move to replace Butler's offensive prowess, but his defensive skills. Its gives us another big to pester kobe or duncan or durant. We have plenty of shooters and me lieky this much more than previous pick up like that Antoine Rigaudeau fuck a few years back

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

But doesn't that take the roster spot away from the impending arrival of Andre Iguodala?

Robm
Robm

Now see Richie, you're pissing me off. When I texted you about Brewer, T-Mac and Pippen being on the same defensive skill level and you commented about it on the air yesterday, I wasn't serious.

But he is a better defender than you are giving him credit for. He's in there with guys like Latrell Sprewell, Quinton Ross, and Rick Fox on defense.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Could it be the knicks didnt want him because he didnt fit there run gun type style? I mean no one on the knicks including the coach make D a priority. Secondly, we are getting a guy who was a top 10 pick, and maybe he didnt reach his potential because he was playing in Minny a shithole of a bball town. I have reserved hope for this guy, but I do think he can help on the D side at least

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Good point RW. If he's any good, why would the Knicks cut him when they're trying to usurp the Heat, Celtics, and Magic? It could be a coaching issue. He obviously has the physical skills, but can he be coached? Kinda dangerous signing him to a deal that lasts longer than this season, but they're talking about extending him, right? If I'm a Mavs fan, I'm pissed if Butler leaves. He's my main priority of getting a deal signed right now, not some throwaway guy the Timberwolves and Knicks didn't want.

Guest
Guest

Yeah, you got traded to Dallas. Sucks for you! Get ready for it to be unbearably hot and get a comfortable car b/c you are going to be sitting idle in it on the highways stuck in traffic. My wife and I hated it there. I moved my precious Kristen and the 2 kiddos back to Philly as soon as I could get out of there.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

noone would pay him or could pay him what the Mavs can. Chill dude.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

A 6-9 that plays 6-6. If Cuban thinks he can slow Duncan down, that is going to be a tragic mistake. He's a tweener, like Durant, and who knows? He could turn out to be the second coming of himself, who knows? Carlisle has shown it takes a year or two to learn how to use someone, so don't expect immediate results.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Methinks the signing or Rig's was like 8-9 years ago buddy..but I love getting Brewer for just Cubes cash..that's a good add

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Dude, you're in love with Toughjuice far more than I..he fit in good, but it's not like he was a 20/10 guy this year or last year or the year before..he's decent, might be able to get something for him in a sign and trade..

brett
brett

Knicks cut him because he doesn't fit into D'Antoni's system, which requires wing shooters to be able to shoot from outside....which Brewer doesn't do too well. RW's meh-ing of this deal proves once again that he knows as much about basketball as the Fan does about decent programming.

Kellie
Kellie

False, actually. Unless no one is solely the Spurs and Celtics.

Kellie
Kellie

Oh, I didn't realize we were pretending Tyson Chandler doesn't exist.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

a few years or 8-9 whats the difference, except the number of vaginas ive blown up increased.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Nah, I just know which players give the Spurs fits. Brewer doesn't scare me too much because he doesnt' bring enough offense to offset his defense. He's regressing, after starting 82 games last year, and only 22 this year on a bad team, that's not too good. Butler has great stats against the Spurs, he put 30 on them in December. In the playoffs last year, went for 22, 17, 2, 17, 35, 25. Don't tell me Brewer will ever to that. His career high in points is 27, and his career ppg is plummeting. It wont be bad if he proves to be a Bruce Bowen type player, but usually you can tell how good a guy is when he's negotiating that 2nd contract. 2mil a year is a low bench player.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I guess you're a basketball genius then. RW is pro-Mavs and would only shine a positive light on something if there was one. He's being objective here, I would think you would appreciate that, but you prefer him to be more of a homer. RW can't win either way. I think the point is, he was a #7 pick in 2007. He hasn't achieved anything and is looking for $2mil a year. Don't expect him to be a huge part of the team, but he could help on Kobe and Manu. If Caron is re-signed, his value will be diminished.

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