- Joe Kaiser, Fantasy, Insider
UPDATE: Minnesota is not only reportedly nearing a deal to bring back restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic (per Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports), the Timberwolves are reportedly also close to pulling off a deal to bring Corey Brewer back to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
ESPN's Marc Stein reports this morning that he's hearing the Wolves are closing in on a three-year deal with Brewer "in the $15 million range." Stein adds in separate tweets that the exact mechanics of how Brewer ultimately ends up with Minnesota are still being ironed out, with Luke Ridnour being dealt back to Oklahoma City being one possibility.
It appears that Minnesota may not be done trying to add wings to its 2013-14 roster. The Timberwolves are reportedly targeting Corey Brewer, a player ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan regards at the No. 33 best free agent this summer, in a possible sign-and-trade with Denver.
This scenario, which Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune reports this afternoon, is one most around the NBA probably didn't see coming.
For one, the Wolves have already addressed the wing in a number of ways this offseason, reaching deals with free agents Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger, and using the No. 14 pick of the draft to select UCLA's lefty scorer Shabazz Muhammad.
Secondly, Brewer is a player who largely didn't live up to the lofty expectations that came when the Wolves drafted him No. 7 overall in 2007, fresh off his title with the Florida Gators. After the Wes Johnson fiasco, though, perhaps all is forgetten in regards to Brewer, a player who can provide a defensive lift while serving as another 3-point threat.
According to Zgoda, the Wolves are looking to trade either Luke Ridnour or J.J. Barea to free up some cap room. Without doing so -- and the Nuggets don't need a fourth point guard (Ty Lawson, Andre Miller, Erick Green) -- Minnesota won't be able to land Brewer unless he unexpectedly agrees to sign for the $2.6 million the Wolves have available.