Dallas Mavericks: Corey Brewer

Why did Dallas dump Corey Brewer?

May, 11, 2012
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The Mavs’ front office doesn’t believe that Tyson Chandler would have made that much of a difference in Dallas this season.

So it’s safe to assume that Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson aren’t kicking themselves for letting Corey Brewer go for essentially nothing.

Still … it was impossible to watch the skinny swingman light up the Lakers last night and not think that the Mavs could use that kind of youth, athleticism and energy on their roster.

Brewer’s shining moment during his brief time with the Mavericks was sparking a comeback from a 16-point deficit at the Staples Center in Game 1 of the West semifinals sweep of the Lakers. He was even better in Thursday’s Game 6, scoring 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting while playing his typical tenacious defense during 19 minutes in the Nuggets’ series-tying win.

Dallas shipped Brewer to Denver along with Rudy Fernandez, who never reported to the Mavericks, in December, getting a 2016 second-round pick in return. It was a classic salary dump after the Mavs deemed the young wings expendable after signing Vince Carter and trading for Lamar Odom.

The Mavs rid themselves of a malcontent in Fernandez. They got rid of a good guy in Brewer.

But dumping Brewer was all about the money. He had a $3,059,000 salary this season, which would have been doubled for Cuban due to the luxury tax. Brewer is due $3,243,000 next season -- not a bad price at all for a rotation player, but a ton to pay a benchwarmer.

The Mavs believed Brewer would have been a benchwarmer in Dallas. The Nuggets found a niche for him, and he’s earning his money in the playoffs again.


DALLAS – Corey Brewer, the next man who will receive a Mavericks championship ring in a personal pregame ceremony, only played 23 minutes in last year’s playoffs.

But Brewer earned his ring, which he’ll receive tonight before his Nuggets face the Mavs at the American Airlines Center, and every penny that Mark Cuban paid him during an unforgettable eight-minute stint of Game 1 against the Lakers.

"That period in that game that he played may have been as important a period of time as any player played in the playoffs,” coach Rick Carlisle said.

That isn’t an exaggeration. The skinny swingman sparked a stunning comeback against the Lakers that set the tone for a West semifinals sweep of the two-time defending champions. It could be argued that Brewer’s stint was the moment the Mavs began truly believing they were championship material.

The Lakers had gone on a 21-2 run, spanning the two halves, to open up a 16-point lead less than two minutes into the third quarter. The Staples Center was roaring, a sellout crowd surely believing a rout was in progress.

Carlisle turned to Brewer out of desperation. The game, series and Dallas’ destiny changed immediately.

Brewer sparked a 17-4 spurt, contributing five points, a rebound, a steal and an assist while defending Kobe Bryant. The Lakers pushed the lead back to five points by the time Brewer returned to the bench, but the Mavs outscored the Lakers by 11 points in his stint, setting the stage for their comeback win.

Brewer, who signed with the Mavs after clearing waivers in early March and was shipped to Denver in a salary dump in December, didn’t play much during his brief time in Dallas. But he left his mark on the franchise with an unforgettable, unexpected stint at the Staples Center.

Pregame buzz: Corey Brewer will send ring size

December, 26, 2011
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DALLAS -- Corey Brewer wishes he was still in Dallas, but he's still smiling with the Denver Nuggets. Rudy Fernandez said his agent had found him a home ready to move into until the Dallas Mavericks traded him and Brewer to Denver a few days into training camp.

"I was surprised they got rid of both of us," Brewer said in the visitors locker room of the American Airlines Center Monday prior to facing his former team. "Not a bad package."

When the Mavs signed 34-year-old Vince Carter and then traded for Lamar Odom, Fernandez and Brewer, two of the Mavs' younger players, became expendable. Denver was taker for Fernandez, but wanted Brewer in the deal. The Mavs, who acquired the lanky, 6-foot-8 wing last season and signed him to a three-year deal, decided to make the move.

"I was surprised," Brewer said. "I was really looking forward to being here. Donnie [Nelson] called me and they decided they were going in another direction, which I respect that."

The Mavs received a 2016 second-round draft choice in return. Dallas has spun the trade as another step to create more cap space for next summer. Brewer, 25, will earn $3.1 million this season, so the Mavs save that amount, plus another $3.1 in luxury tax. Fernandez is in the final year of his deal and will make $2.2 million. Carter signed with the Mavs for $3 million, plus two more partially guaranteed seasons.

"From a basketball standpoint it's tough," coach Rick Carlisle said of losing Brewer, a player in which he invested a lot of one-of-one time. "From a business standpoint it's easy because it's, in luxury tax money, it's a $6 million contract instead of a $3 million contract, so I understood it. Corey got better. He was an important guy here, the minutes he had that one game against the Lakers (Game 1 of the West semifinals) may well have been the key game in the entire playoff run, you never know."

The deal could be a good one for Brewer and Fernandez. They join a young squad that will run the floor under coach George Karl. Both figure to receive solid minutes off the bench behind Aaron Afflalo and Danilo Gallinari, and contribute to a team shifting out of an era that included Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith.

"I like the style of play," Brewer said. "It's a bunch of guys that like to get up and down, two good point guards, both of them like to push it, so you get a chance to run in this system."

As for Fernandez, he said he had already selected a home in Dallas and was prepared to join the defending champions despite reports out of Spain for much of the offseason that he was more interested in remaining in his home country and playing for Real Madrid.

"When Vince Carter signed with Dallas it probably meant less minutes for me," Fernandez said. "Right now Denver is really interested in me and Brewer and ... we have the opportunity to be an important part of this team."

Brewer got in a good look at the championship banner raised Sunday and at his name stitched around the border with his former teammates. But, there is one thing missing: Brewer, a two-time NCAA champion at Florida, didn't get sized for his championship ring before the trade.

"I've got two already," Brewer said, "so I can send them my size."

W2W4: Nene leads young Nuggets to town

December, 26, 2011
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The Dallas Mavericks have plenty to improve upon tonight as the Denver Nuggets -- with former Mavs forward Corey Brewer and former Mavs guard that never was Rudy Fernandez -- open their season at American Airlines Center.

The good news is the Nuggets aren't the Miami Heat, who outrebounded Dallas 51-31, scored 97 points through three quarters and drove to the rim with impunity. Still, a revamped Nuggets squad that is without the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler averaged 118.5 points in two preseason games and will look to run and gun and hand the defending champions consecutive losses for the first time since April 21 and 23 in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"The rebounding is a concern, turnovers are a concern, overall defense from a consistency standpoint is a concern," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "Denver is going to come in here with a shot at the champs. It's a situation where we've got to work to make quantum leaps as often and as quickly as we can as a team.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: American Airlines Center

TV: FSSW

Radio: 103.3 FM ESPN/1270 AM (Spanish)

What to watch: So, who starts at shooting guard? Vince Carter started Sunday, but Delonte West got the call to start the second half against the Heat because Carlisle said he was looking for playmaking. Carlisle also said the starter at two-guard could change from game to game depending on matchups. The Nuggets start veteran Andre Miller at point guard and the 6-foot-5 Aaron Afflalo is expected to start at shooting guard. This would seem to favor Carter starting with West coming off the bench to back up Jason Kidd and check Denver reserve Ty Lawson. ... Look for the Mavs to involve Lamar Odom early in the offensive sets. He swished his first shot on his first possession entering the game midway through the first quarter, but he missed all of his next five shots and was saddled with early foul trouble before ejected in the third quarter for arguing a charging call.

Key matchup: Brendan Haywood vs. Nene
Haywood had little offensive impact Sunday and defensively he finished up Sunday's opener with no blocked shots and one defensive rebound in 13:38 of playing time. The Heat don't have much of a low-post game, instead using their All-NBA wings to attack the rim. Tonight Haywood gets a chance to bang with skilled and agile big man Nene, who spurned lucrative free-agent offers elsewhere to return to a young and intriguing Nuggets team. Haywood was plagued by foul trouble Sunday, picking up two quickies before the end of the first half for three and then another quick one to start the second half for a fourth. On the surface, this is a difficult matchup for Haywood, but asking Ian Mahinmi or Brandan Wright to stick with Nene for long stretches could be a dangerous proposition.

Injuries: Nuggets - None. Mavs - Shawn Marion (fractured left pinkie finger) is probable.

Up next: Mavs at Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m., Thursday
DALLAS -- Rodrigue Beaubois got characterized last week by coach Rick Carlisle as a "depth player," which means more or less a guy at the end of the bench that will pick up scrap minutes when afforded.

That was before Dallas traded Rudy Fernandez (and Corey Brewer) to the Denver Nuggets. Beaubois still remains behind a couple of quality players in Vince Carter and Jason Terry, but after coming a second surgery on his left foot in as many summers, he will get opportunities -- as long as he's healthy -- at shooting guard and behind Jason Kidd and Delonte West at point guard.

The compacted 66-game schedule will afford that as Carlisle will look to spread playing time as far down the bench as he possibly can. So far in training camp, Beaubois seems to have his quickness working for him as he regains the confidence he showed as a rookie.

"The thing with him, we've all seen the flashes of brilliance," Carlisle said. "But we're looking for consistency. We're looking for consistency in terms of concentration and in terms of him utilizing his abilities. And, I believe he's getting better. He had a really solid day [of practice Saturday]. We really need him and Dominique [Jones] and Ian [Mahinmi] and our young guys to be ready because we're going to need them."

Carlisle said that Beaubois is physically sound to play and he could see his first action in tonight's home preseason game (6:30 p.m.) against the Oklahoma City Thunder since re-injuring the left foot in last year's regular-season finale.

Prior to the start of training camp on Dec. 9, Beaubois said he wasn't quite 100 percent and wasn't certain if he'd be ready for the Christmas Day opener in one week against the Miami Heat. Exhibition games Sunday and Tuesday (at OKC) will start to give us a better idea.

"So far, so good," Beaubois said after Friday night's scrimmage in front a crowd of more than 6,0oo at the American Airlines Center. I just need to get the leg stronger because I was out for so long. I just need to keep pushing on it. I'll be OK."

Accolades aside, Vince Carter wants to win

December, 14, 2011
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DALLAS -- Vince Carter didn't earn the nickname "Vinsanity" for nothing. The guy could put together an aerial highlight reel that was absolute pure insanity.

Now nearing 35, Carter doesn't reach the same altitude as he once did and, frankly, he's not trying to.

"I’m not really into trying to jump over people anymore," Carter said during his Dallas debut at Tuesday's media day. "Over the years, with experience, you don’t really realize the risk of doing some of that stuff. And, it takes a toll on your body. So, I save it for special moments, whenever that is. I can still do it. Just, I think now, particularly some of the young guys in here now, they feel like, ‘Hey, I’ve got to get there first. I don’t want to be on the poster of an old guy.’ I get that, so now I just figure, when you get there, two points is two points."

And no longer is Carter, who took part in his first full practice Wednesday morning with Dallas, trying to be the superstar. He's been on eight All-Star teams and won a dunk contest, but rarely has he played on a team that did much damage in the postseason and he wants that to change.

Carter said that's all he's about right -- winning -- and fitting into whatever role is necessary to help make that happen. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said owner Mark Cuban compared Carter to Jerry Stackhouse when he arrived in Dallas after years of putting up gaudy scoring numbers, but with little postseason satisfaction.

"I don’t think that that’s a bad comparison at all," Carlisle said. "It’s just going to be a matter of what the exact role is going to be -- whether he’s going to start or whether he’s going to come off the bench. At this point I would expect that he probably would be a starter, but we’ll have to see. We have a ways to go before we determine that."

Carter's odds of starting drastically increased with Tuesday's trade that sent Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer to the Denver Nuggets. Fernandez's departure allows the 6-foot-6 Carter to start at shooting guard next to his former New Jersey teammate Jason Kidd (who Carter said he did not speak to in the process of joining the Mavs), with Jason Terry in his familiar sixth man role.

Rodrigue Beaubois, who Carlisle described as a depth player Tuesday, would pick up whatever playing time afforded -- and, again, in this compacted schedule Carlisle plans to utilize his depth.

“You kind of get an idea with this team it’s just to make plays, knock down shots,” Carter said. “There’s going to be a lot of opportunity with the attention that Dirk Nowitzki demands when he has the ball in the middle of the floor. So you have to play within the flow of the offense and you go from there.

“I think as they learn me and I kind of fit in to the offense and see how to get your opportunity, that’s when it’ll become more defined.”

For Carter, entering his 14th season, he said it's no longer about the dunks or the number of points he scores of the amount of minutes he plays.

"Winning," Carter said when asked what's most important to him now. "And playing on a team that wants to win and knows how to win. They’ve shown all of that. It’s my goal to come in just to fit in with what they’ve accomplished and who they are."

Youth takes back seat in Denver deal

December, 13, 2011
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Youth? Who needs youth?

The Dallas Mavericks are in win-now mode for this season and will transfer to hot-pursuit mode this summer when Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard can become free agents.

Any notion that the Mavs care at this moment about developing young talent was tossed aside with the just-completed trade that will send shooting guard Rudy Fernandez, an apparent unhappy camper anyway who will likely resume his career next season in Spain, but also lanky, small forward Corey Brewer to the Denver Nuggets for a 2016 second-round pick, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

Brewer, entering just his fourth NBA season, joined the Mavs in mid-season and signed a three-year contract, and did so with some fanfare. He's a highly likable young player with boundless energy, a long and effective defender, but whose game still needs to develop a jump shot for him to be considered a complete player, especially on a veteran-laden club on a quest for a repeat.

Brewer got caught in a numbers crunch with the addition of veteran wings Vince Carter and Lamar Odom. Carter will likely take over as the starting shooting guard with Odom possibly coming off the bench as a tag-team with small forward Shawn Marion.

The move wipes about $5.2 million off the books for this season -- double that including luxury-tax savings. Those deductions leave the Mavs just over the $70.3 million luxury tax threshold. It also leaves them with two roster spaces open to target two more veterans on minimum deals, perhaps a center such as still available free-agent big man Joel Przybilla, or others. Center is Dallas' top position of need.

In the process, the Mavs continue to create additional cap space -- about $3 million with Brewer off the books -- for next summer's highly anticipated free agency.

Dallas' only players below the age of 30 are Delonte West (28), Rodrigue Beaubois (23), Dominique Jones (23), Ian Mahinmi (25) and Brandan Wright.

The average age of a projected starting lineup that would include Jason Kidd, Carter, Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood is 34. It will require coach Rick Carlisle to be creative with his rotations during a 66-game season to be played over 123 days. But, the Mavs believe they have the depth to handle it.

As for that youth, the Mavs will look to address that issue in the summer with a rarity around here, a potential abundance of cap space.

Mavs have 15, but is it the final 15?

December, 12, 2011
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Monday's interesting signing of Delonte West seems to have solidified the Dallas Mavericks' issue at backup point guard, but they might not be particularly thrilled heading into the season with a center tandem of Brendan Haywood and Ian Mahinmi.

Before the Mavs scooped up Lamar Odom Saturday night from the smoldering ashes of the collapsed Lakers-Hornets-Rockets deal involving Chris Paul, Dallas was looking to use the trade exception acquired from the New York Knicks to get Sacramento Kings free agent center Samuel Dalembert.

The Mavs have assets that can potentially be moved. The wing positions are loaded: Vince Carter, Rudy Fernandez, Jason Terry, Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, Shawn Marion, Odom and Corey Brewer.

That's more than half the roster.
A source with knowledge of the situation said that teams are calling Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson about Brewer, the lanky small forward that Dallas acquired last season after he was waived by the Knicks and then signed a three-year deal with the Mavs, as well as Fernandez, who is on the final year of his deal and, as of now, still stuck in Spain with visa problems.

The Mavs are said to be happy with their two young players on a roster that just added soon-to-be 35 Vince Carter and Lamar Odom, 32. However, as Nelson and owner Mark Cuban have displayed over the past 72 hours, they are ready to pounce when a deal presents itself.

Will new bench meet schedule's demands?

December, 8, 2011
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The Dallas Mavericks delivered an NBA championship with a team-first ethos and tremendous bench contributions all the way from fearless sixth man Jason Terry to fearsome 12th man Brian Cardinal.

"That was the biggest reason for our success," forward Shawn Marion said. "You only go as far as your bench goes."

That was true during an 82-game season spanning 5 1/2 months, and it will be especially so during a 66-game schedule spanning 123 days that will include 20 back-to-backs and one back-to-back-to-back set that closes a seven-games-in-nine-nights stretch. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows he's going to need a deep bench and a creative rotation through stretches of the season.

"Everybody’s going to be dealing with it and we’ll have to manage it," Carlisle said Wednesday during his first basketball-related session with the media since the lockout to effect July 1. "As always, depth and bench are going to be really critical this season. They’re important every year, but in a season where you have less spacing between games, your depth is going to be at an all-time premium."

Especially for a team whose point guard, Jason Kidd, turns 39 in March and overall is one of the oldest teams in the league.

Yet, just as Carlisle is preaching bench depth, he is preparing for life possibly without several players he leaned on heavily last season. Center Tyson Chandler could be gone and that would flip reserve Brendan Haywood into a starter. J.J. Barea could be gone and that would leave backup point guard to inexperienced youngsters Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones, both being combo guards at best.

Caron Butler is all but gone, which could hand Corey Brewer a key role behind Marion. DeShawn Stevenson? Possibly gone, leaving the Mavs placing faith in newcomer Rudy Fernandez to play tough minutes at both ends.

"The hope is that we can manage our rotation so that we can keep everybody at reasonable minutes throughout the year and avoid those situations," Carlisle said. "But, you never know. Anything’s possible."

Carlisle often went 10-deep last season. Three reserves averaged between 18.5 minutes and 31.3 minutes, and that doesn't include Marion, who came off the bench in 53 games and averaged 26.9 minutes. In the postseason, when coaches typically shorten their bench, Carlisle expanded his.

With changes afoot, will Carlisle be able to count on his bench for key minutes that will allow Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry to be at least semi-fresh at the end of April when the quest for the repeat truly begins?

"That’s why you’ve got to be a resilient, resourceful franchise and that’s why you’ve got to have some youth that’s ready to take a step up if and when you lose guys," Carlisle said. "We’ve got some guys on our roster that bided their time last year and put in a lot of work and there may be more opportunity for them this year. We’ll see."

Soon. Players and sign contracts beginning Friday.

Could Corey Brewer become key reserve?

December, 2, 2011
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On the second day that NBA players were allowed back into practice facilities, a second Dallas Mavericks player made it back to the American Airlines Center.

Corey Brewer, the lanky, 6-foot-9 small forward with high hopes for the season, greeted the media and went through a workout on the Mavs' practice floor for the first time since the Finals.

"It feels good just to walk back in the gym," Brewer said.

Brewer could find himself with a bigger role on the team this season, especially if Caron Butler does not re-sign. Such a scenario would seemingly keep Shawn Marion in the starting role (which he took over in the latter portions of last season) and move Brewer into the backup spot. Brewer came to Dallas mid-season with an open attitude to learn and improve, while taking a backseat on a roster loaded with former All-Stars.

It's easy to forget that Brewer, a two-time NCAA champion at Florida, is just 25 years old. He played his first NBA three seasons with the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, which certainly could have been a disheartening experience that included an awful lot of losing and provided little leadership from a roster lacking much veteran know-how.

"I went through three years of every night, night in, night out of losing," Brewer said. "So to come here and win it’s a blessingto me. The Mavs, we get it done. I feel like Mark Cuban, all the guys, coach [Rick] Carlisle, everybody’s great. They do whatever it takes to win. Minnesota was a little different because we were a very young team. So, I went from being one of the oldest guys to one of the youngest guys, so that’s a big difference, too."

Brewer, signed through the 2012-13 season, is looked at as potentially giving the Mavs a needed jolt of athleticism and youth, particularly during what will be a compressed 66-game regular season.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9