Corey Brewer returns in Mavs win; Kevin Love ties double-double record
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MINNEAPOLIS -- What a couple of weeks it has been for Corey Brewer.
Just 14 days ago he was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves -- the team that drafted him seventh overall in 2007. Then, he was sitting in a Milwaukee hotel room by himself, awaiting the finalization of a trade that would send him to the New York Knicks.
Less than a week later, he was bought-out by the Knicks, signed a three-year extension with the Dallas Mavericks and found himself back in Minnesota for Monday's 108-105 victory over his former team.
Did you get all that?
"It was a whirlwind," Brewer said as he did the rounds. "It was crazy. It was tough. Being in New York, going there, to getting the buyout to getting on (Dallas). This is a good situation. So it's good though."
It was just Brewers third game in Dallas and he only got six minutes of run and scored two points as he continues to get familiar with a new team and a new offense.
"The more he plays, the better he's going to play and the more acclimated he's going to become," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "All that is a process. Heck he's only been here four or five days and he's going to be able to make an impact. He's a quick learner and he loves to play. And he's young and he has a future. All those things we're excited about."
Brewer said he had never been in the visitor locker room -- often regarded as one of the smallest in the league -- and admitted coming back, especially this soon, left him with some mixed emotions.
"I really didn't want to leave (Minnesota)," Brewer said. "The best-case scenario for me would have been to sign my extension (in Minnesota) but I didn't get one. So I am in a good situation and I am happy. Can't look at the past."
The Wolves made a large investment by drafting Wesley Johnson fourth overall in the 2010 draft so Brewer, who plays the same spot as Johnson, all of a sudden became expendable.
Although get passed over a by a team you want to stay with in a town you call home is never easy, Brewer understands that once you reach this level, it stops becoming a game and starts becoming a business.
It wasn't just the Mavericks that were after Brewer's services. He said that he got phone calls from multiple teams, including the Boston Celtics and the San Antonio Spurs, but ultimately settled on Dallas.
"San Antonio and Boston are both great teams," he said. "Both playoff teams, contenders, and I like both those teams, both the coaches were great when they talked to me about coming there. But you know, coach Rick Carlisle, (assistant) coach (Dwayne) Casey and (owner Mark) Cuban, they all said 'you have a spot here, you have a chance to help us.' And I felt like it was good for me and good for them. Then, also, they gave me some job security so it was good to come here."
For the first time in his NBA career Brewer is on a winning team. After ending his collegiate career with back-to-back NCAA Championships with the Florida Gators and being named Final Four MVP, the Wolves won just 75 games in his three-and-a-half seasons in Minnesota. By comparison, the Mavericks have 46 wins this season alone and are currently the second-seed in the Western Conference playoff race.
"I am sure it is terrific thrill for him (to play on a winning team)," Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said. "It's an incredible opportunity, we're happy for him."
"I have only been here for two games but you can tell that every night is about winning," Brewer said. "Not just winning the game but it's about trying to win a championship, so that's what we're trying to do this year."
Although he says it is nice playing for a contender, Brewer did admit he misses his old friends in the home locker room.
"That's my guys still. You have guys for so long, you still have ties, you're still friends."
Love ties record
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.