The Cleveland Cavaliers remain a work in progress 10 games into their 2014-15 NBA season. Sitting on a 5-5 record the likes of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love (alongside their supporting cast) are yet to reach the levels of fluid basketball expected of them in the preseason.
As such they are rumored to be looking at a trade to bring in some extra weaponry, with Minnesota Timberwolves star Corey Brewer known to be in their crosshairs.
Unfortunately for head coach David Blatt they face stiff competition to acquire the former Denver Nuggets man with fellow Championship contenders the Houston Rockets have been revealed as a trade rival earlier this week.
It doesn't look like things are going particularly well for the title favorites however.
Having began the week as equals in their bid to do business with Minnesota, some even suggesting that they had the advantage what with having Brewer's former teammate Kevin Love in their ranks, it appears that the Cavaliers have now slipped behind in the race.
"Latest word is Houston more likely than Cleveland as landing spot via trade for Corey Brewer."
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That is according to ESPN's Marc Stein who explained the situation in a series of Tweets today:
Clock is ticking
With the Cavaliers struggling to identify just exactly what it is they need in order to make that final jump that will allow them to become a legitimate title contender it seems they are running out of time to make a deal.
Having taken weeks and months to hash out a deal for all-star love, and having won out against stiff competition, the Cavs seem unlikely to repeat the trick for the experienced Brewer.
The Timberwolves are likely looking for future draft picks rather than immediate talent and as such it doesn't particularly matter who they do business with. If they can acquire them sooner rather than later in a deal with Houston that suits them just fine.
With no deal yet complete however it appears that the Cavaliers are still in the running, but a hastily put together offer may be required if they aren't going to miss out on a key target.