Report: Cavs eye Timberwolves swingman
The Cavaliers have expressed an interest in Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Corey Brewer, according to an ESPN report Sunday.
The report, which cited unnamed NBA sources, stated the Cavs and Houston Rockets have "emerged as the most serious suitors for Brewer." According to the report, the Timberwolves may be willing to take back a trade exception and draft picks in exchange for Brewer.
Both the Cavs and Rockets own trade exceptions large enough to absorb Brewer's salary of $4.7 million, according to the report.
Brewer, 28, is in his eighth NBA season, and sixth with the Timberwolves. He is close with former Timberwolves star Kevin Love, traded to the Cavs before the season. Brewer also has a strong bond with Rockets coach Kevin McHale, formerly the general manager and coach of the Timberwolves.
Brewer is 6-foot-9 and plays both the small forward and shooting guard positions. He has compiled career averages of 10.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, and is averaging 9.8 points in nine games this season. He is considered a strong wing defender.
According to the ESPN report: "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."
The Cavs (5-3) have won four straight and host the Denver Nuggets on Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio.