Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Wolves are close to signing both free agent swingman Corey Brewer and RFA center Nikola Pekovic. Pek’s deal is an extension that is pressumed to be in the four-year, $50 million range and Brewer’s new contract is expected to be around $15 million over three years.
Brewer was drafted by the Wolves in 2007 and played 3+ seasons with the team before being included in the three-team trade that sent him, Carmelo Anthony and pieces to the Knicks while bringing Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph to Minnesota. Brewer was immediately waived by the Knicks before playing a game and ultimately signed with the Dallas Mavericks in March of the 2011 season. Even though Brewer played in only thirteen games, he became an NBA Champion as the Mavs defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Following the season, Brewer was traded to the Denver Nuggets where he averaged 10.7PPg in 141 games. The 6-foot-9 SG/SF is a lengthy and pesky perimeter defender who has a knack for releasing quickly for easy transition buckets.
ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted that Kevin Martin agreed to delay his signing so the team could work out a deal with Brewer.
Pek’s deal appears to look spendy, but will be worth every penny assuming he remains healthy. The 6-foot-11, 290-pound Montenegrin is strong in the low-block and is a great compliment to Kevin Love playing as a stretch-4.
This all but guarantees the team renouncing the rights to Andrei Kirilenko. AK-47 recently turned down a one-year player option that would have paid him over $10 million in 2013-14.
The re-signing of RFAs Chase Budinger and Pek along with inking UFAs Martin and Brewer is a testament to the Timberwolves new management led by Flip Saunders for their devotion to creating a playoff contender next season. Making the jump from lottery team to top-8 in the Western Conference will be no easy task, however, as the team has missed the playoffs each of the past nine seasons.