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Rumor: Corey Brewer to Cleveland now part of Kevin Love trade talk

Aug 1, 2014, 3:37 PM EST

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The exact terms of the Kevin Love to Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins trade is still in flux. Nothing can be done officially until Aug. 23 anyway — the soonest Wiggins can be moved because of a 30-day moratorium after signing his rookie contract —and if you think the sides are going to reach an agreement in that window then just sit on their hands and not try to leverage more out of it, well, you’ve never really watched NBA trades go down. Everyone needs a deadline or pressure to pull the trigger.

Most reports say the talks have stalled, at least at the highest levels, the guys who can pull the trigger. That said, lower level conversations are always going on. Minnesota would like to unload either J.J. Barea or Kevin Martin and their deals in this, even if it takes a third team, and they are trying to find a way.

Then there comes a Corey Brewer rumor in the News Herald:

The crux of the trade appears to have the Cavaliers sending Wiggins, forward Anthony Bennett and a 2018 first-round pick to Minnesota for Love and possibly forward Corey Brewer. The Timberwolves might want to dump point guard J.J. Barea’s $4.5 million contract in a deal.

Not might, do. Which is one reason this I see as more rumor than report.

Brewer would be a nice bit of depth added to Cleveland, an athletic, slashing small forward who scored 12.3 points a game with a quality true shooting percentage of .550 last season. He’s not a guy you are going to pair a lot with LeBron James because he doesn’t space the floor (28 percent from three last season) but he would be a good energy guy to use for 20 minutes a night while LeBron sits.

Brewer would be a good fit going back to Minny in this deal.

But as noted above I would take this with a grain of salt, the News Herald report says a framework is done on the deal but nobody else is saying that, and certainly nobody out of Minnesota. I’m sure people in Cleveland and sources in the organization would like to think they have a framework, but Flip Saunders is going to try and squeeze every last drop of blood from this stone.

  1. zoomy123 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    No. Cleveland doesn’t want Corey Brewer. His defense is overrated and he can’t score outside of 10 ft from the basket. Nobody is paying Corey Brewer $5 M to not complement LBJ.

    • 4thquartermagic - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Entitled to your opinion and we can debate whether or not he is worth 5 million.

      However coming from a strictly basketball standpoint, Corey is EXACTLY the kind of player Cleveland should want.

      This guy has a non-stop motor, irritating defender, and always makes the extra play.

      Watched him in Denver for years and followed him ever since. The guy is one of those “intangible” type players like a Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem, or Mike Miller who will make a clutch play when it counts to justify his salary.

      Hope you win a ring C-Brew!

      • aldavisfortytime - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Hope you win ANOTHER ring C-Brew!

        He’s got two college and one NBA.

      • 4thquartermagic - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Totally spaced his short championship stint with Dallas!

        But I’m glad you brought that up because it helps prove my point.

        He earned his paycheck in like one 5 minute stretch against the Lakers. Sparked a comeback and the rest is history.

    • chrisswitzer2189 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Jj and waiters will go to philly for Thad young. Waiters salary matches brewers. Cleveland will probably have to throw a 1st rounder to Philly too

      • brento1499 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        philly doesn’t want cleveland’s crap

      • cthulhu78 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        Cleveland’s not gonna trade both of their ‘2’s. If Wiggans is traded, Dion stays. If not he goes.

      • cthulhu78 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Also, who is this JJ you mentioned? Jared Jack was traded in June and James Jones is a LeBron guy. He’s not going anywhere.

      • cthulhu78 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        Nevermind. I forgot about Barea.

  2. casualcommenter - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    The problem is that there’s no realistic way for the Cavs to take on Love AND Brewer in any trade scenario without including Andersen Varejao, who is a LeBron favorite, in the trade. Without Varejao, though, the Cavs’ rotation at center becomes scary thin.

    Wiggins and Bennett combined equal just $11 million in salary while Love is getting paid $16 million. Add Brewer’s $5 million salary to the deal, and matching the salaries gets even harder for Cleveland.

    • casualcommenter - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      It’s far more likely Brewer and/or Barrea go to a third team than go to the Cavs, unless the Cavs are willing to send out not only Wiggins and Bennett but also Waiters.

    • zoomy123 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Cleveland has $3.3 M in non-guaranteed contracts and they have a $3M trade exception. All that already gets them to $17 M.

      • purple4life2 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Correct Zoomy. CLE made a trade to add $3.3m in waive-able contracts to help match the salary. And Cleveland only has to get within 20% of whatever the total is, meaning just over $16m to take both Love and Brewer.

        The third team is Philly…who are waaaay under the cap and can have JJ’s expiring $4.5m deal with another player if they choose.

        This isn’t that hard to compute.

  3. seasickcecil - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    The Cavs do have around 3.3 million in expiring contracts to include in a deal. But I don’t want Brewer either.

  4. jazz11001 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Brewer had a 50+ point game last year. He is high energy and plays defense. Wolves need to keep a guy like that to groom the youngsters.

  5. seasickcecil - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I believe the trade exemption was obtained in the Alonzo Gee deal.

  6. xx1111 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    As a Nuggets fan… When Brewer was hot.. He as HOT.. But when he was cold he was ICE COLD. Gotta take the good with the bad with him. He can shoot you back into a game if you are down but if you give him too much leeway he will shoot you right out of a game..

    I remember a game he came off the bench and in 8 mins he already had 11 shots. 4 more than any of the starters and we were down by 15 and he came out of the game…

  7. hauts81 - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    If the Cavs haven’t put Wiggins on the table it’s kind of a stretch to say the “framework” is done. Without him there is no deal.

  8. seasickcecil - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Phillys not getting Waiters for nothing. Sorry.

  9. seasickcecil - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Actually, Phillys not getting Waiters period.

  10. seasickcecil - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Good things cause Philly into getting it. Gonna take Philly 3 years before they can win 25 games again. Philly got nothin except dumb fans like the the one who done posted above.

  11. seasickcecil - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Cleveland’s got Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson,Dion Waiters and soon to get Kevin Love. Phillys got posters like beano1499.

  12. seasickcecil - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    And by the way beano, I just wanted to congratulate you for spelling all 5 words in your post right. You forgot the period though. And beano guess what. You know where Waiters is from? That’s right Philadelphia!

  13. seasickcecil - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Hey cheese wiz. The Cavs aren’t trading Waiters and a number one for “JJ” and a guy who will make 9.2 million and can become a free agent next year. Pull your head out of your you know where.

  14. jkaflagg - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Usually when an NBA star forces a trade his team is lucky to get pennies on the dollar – but this is the rare opportunity for a team get get at least some potential value back in Wiggins…..and while some see Flip Saunders backed into a “must trade” corner, he actually has some leverage here, since LeBron gets what LeBron wants…..and it’s hard to imagine the Cavs going to training camp with the “when is the Love trade going down” scenario hanging over the team. It will be interesting to see how far Saunders can push it until (inevitably) he has to finish the deal.

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