Hartman: Brewer excited to be back with Wolves

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 18, 2013 - 12:13 AM

The team’s 2007 first-round draft pick sees stability, coaching as keys for his second stint in Minnesota.

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Corey Brewer, right, in 2010 while with the Timberwolves.

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For the first time in years, there is a lot talk on the street about the Timberwolves, because fans seem to care about the team again.

And one of the questions being asked is: Why would Wolves President Flip Saunders bring back a guy like Corey Brewer, who didn’t produce for the team after he was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft?

Brewer was traded to the New York Knicks in the middle of the 2010-11 season in a massive deal that included Carmelo Anthony leaving Denver for New York.

Brewer was averaging 8.6 points for the Wolves that season on 38.4 percent shooting while grabbing 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. In his three seasons before that with the Wolves, Brewer shot 41.2 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range, to go along with averages of 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

“I was a little surprised [to be brought back],” Brewer said. “But I was happy about having the opportunity to come back to Minnesota for a second round.

“I was happy when I was there. It was just a tough situation with all the turnover. I felt like I had new teammates every year and a new coach every year. So hopefully there’s some stability now to come back and play for a good coach like [Rick] Adelman and a bunch of good players.”

Since being traded by the Wolves, Brewer was with the Knicks for two days before being waived, then played for the Mavericks and Nuggets. How did he feel about moving around the past few years?

“As a player, you learn a lot moving around like that,” Brewer said. “I got to play with some good players, especially going to Dallas and being able to win a championship playing with players like Shawn Marion and Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki. I had the opportunity to play in Denver with a bunch of good players. I think my game got a lot better.”

And how his game changed since leaving the Wolves?

“I feel like I know how to play the game a lot better,” Brewer said. “I know how to do things to get the ball in a scoring position. My defense is a lot better. … I’ve learned how to play the game. I’ve had the opportunity to play with a lot of veteran guys who have taught me a lot.

“I feel like I’m better defensively. I feel like I can play solid defense, and I know how to gamble and make things happen. It’s all about what the team needs.”

But if Brewer has improved so much, why did Denver let him go after other teams like the Wolves, Knicks and Mavericks did as well?

“It’s the same thing, new turnaround,” Brewer said. “They got new management, a new head coach came in. They decide to go a different direction sometimes.”

Happy to be back

Brewer wasn’t happy to leave Minnesota, and he is glad to be back. Last season with Denver, he averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He shot 42.5 percent from the field and only 29.6 percent from three-point range. But Brewer did take the largest percentage of his three-pointers from the left corner, where he was 49-for-119 (41.2 percent), according to NBA.com.

“I know the last couple of years I’ve been able to hit the corner three consistently,” he said. “I’ll get a lot of open corner threes with the lineup we have. Then just to be able to run the court with Ricky Rubio — a lot of easy baskets to be had.”

Brewer believes he fits in with the Wolves personnel.

“We have a lot of good players,” he said. “… I don’t have any pressure on me. I can just go out and play.”

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