The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to beat off competition from a number of NBA franchises this offseason to secure the services of Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it looks like they may have to do it again as they bid to bring in one of Love's former T-Wolves teammates in a trade deal.
As reported by ESPN's Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers are seriously considering a move for veteran swingman Corey Brewer but will face competition from the Houston Rockets, with the 9-1 team also keen on the player.
The Timberwolves, for what it is worth, are widely believed to be open to a trade as they look to continue their own rebuild around youngsters such as Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.
What would it take?
Per Stein, the Timberwolves are in "active"talks with both the Cavaliers and the Rockets and it seems Minnesota are looking for "future assets" in a bid to help their rebuild project come to fruition sooner rather than later.
With the team on a 2-7 record so far this season, and with one eye already on the future before the campaign had even begun, bringing in draft picks or talented youngsters in exchange for the ageing Brewer makes sense.
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Brewer currently earns $4.7 million at the Timberwolves, a sum both Cleveland and Houston are capable of absorbing courtesy of respective large trade exceptions.
This points to a trade involving future draft picks rather than relinquishing any current stars - a point that Minnesota fans may be happy to hear considering they already have ex-Cavs Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett already on their roster.
A good fit for both
Corey Brewer would add experience and depth to either the Rockets or Cavaliers rosters, and with both teams eyeing up a run at the title this year Kevin Love's former teammate would be a useful addition.
Cleveland in particular are searching for some wing depth and a Brewer add would work on two fronts - allowing LeBron James to get some much needed rest minutes during games while re-uniting Love with a player with whom he formed a successful playing relationship in Minnesota.
As for the Houston Rockets, they are likely looking at Brewer for a similar reason to Cleveland. Adding the former first round pick would afford the opportunity to rest their own All-Star James Harden in the final quarter of games this season.