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Mavericks trade Rudy Fernandez, Corey Brewer to Nuggets

Dec 13, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

Rudy Fernandez

Dallas keeps looking for ways to bring in veterans and keep their cap space open for next summer — you listening Deron Williams — and they made another move along those lines today.

Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer are going to Denver for a second round pick, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. That works financially because the Nuggets have a huge trade exception that could absorb both of those salaries.

It’s a great move by the Nuggets, who pick up two versatile players to fit in with a team of veterans. Corey Brewer brings defense, Rudy Fernandez is a great outside shooter (even after the whistle) and on a team trying to find ways to fill in for Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith while they are vacationing in China, these are great fits.

What does Dallas get? Here are Stein’s tweets.

As much as they liked Brewer, Mavs’ thinking is they can now sign two more vets on one-year deals while opening up a little more 2012 space… Mavs: Vet-laden, win-now team that just added Odom/Vinsanity/Delonte. They also want Roddy B back in mix. So Brewer PT likely limited again

The Mavs are all about that cap space next summer, where they may have $20 million or more. They can go after Deron Williams, Chris Paul or Dwight Howard. That is the plan. The Mavericks will be in position, the question is will those players really test the market next summer?

  1. thebigkahuna23 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Good move by the mavs. This shortened season with a compressed schedule is going to be hard on vets. If their key pieces can stay healthy and they scoop up Williams or Paul I think they can have a legit run at the title. It all sways on dirk though.

    • 973yenots - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM

      For their sake, they better land Dwight Howard in free agency considering he leaves Orlando! Sure Williams and Paul are great pgs but they are gonna need a beast like Howard to take the load off of Dirk who is a good player but not the Dirk of yesteryear

      • Josh Perez - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        Dirk has been one of the most consistent elite players in the league, regardless of what kind of year the Mavs have, what strategy the team hold him to or how long the season is, Dirk always provide, is reliable and deliver. Also the fact you say he is not the same from last season before he plays a single game in this one just show how short your basketball sight is.

  2. bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM


  3. willardj - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    I don’t think Vince Carter should be called “Vinsanity” anymore.

  4. twentyofive - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    The thought that the Mavs could be in position to scoop up Howard and Paul/Williams next summer is pretty scary.

    • 973yenots - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

      For right now thats all it is – a thought! The Heat will be waiting!

      • proudwolf - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:01 AM

        ..waiting to be spank again…LOL!!!!

      • Josh Perez - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:03 PM

        The Heat will be waiting… for Bosh to show up!

        Completed, I hate seeing sentences missing words.

  5. jimsjam33 - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    I think the Lakers will pull off a Dwight Howard trade by this Friday . Stay tuned .

  6. handlelikevanexel - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    I do not see the virtue of the Mavs reshuffling with Rudy and Brewer

    1) Mavs trade Jordan Hamilton on draft day (a first round pick) for Rudy Fernandez. Then we hear all the hype about Rudy Fernandez since draft day till yesterday how he is going to be a big contributor. GONE!!

    2) Corey Brewer’s athleticism…GONE!!!

    I understand Mavs want to trade for draft picks but a 2nd round pick in 2016…why not a first rounder in 2050 while you are in mood for trades? They could have traded and got some veterans back from other teams for Brewer and Rudy. Not sure what Donnie and Mark are thinking, net net they gave up Jordan Hamilton a first rounder to Denver for Rudy and now they give Rudy and Brewer to Denver for a 2nd rounder. Why not just keep an athletically gifted Jordan Hamilton and you had Brewer too, you could have moved them both for a good role player if you had to, if not, Mavs fan would be happy with Brewer and Hamilton.

  7. a185 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:54 AM

    I thought Cuban was one of the owners complaining about competitive balance and not wanting CP3 in LA. I guess it’s okay if a small market team loads up on stars. Though old, Dallas may have more All-Stars than any team in the league. So, why is it okay to load up on old stars but not stars in their prime?

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