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The Minnesota Timberwolves, fresh off heavy back-to-back losses in New Orleans and Dallas and in the latest indication of their growing focus on the future, are in active trade discussions with multiple contending teams pursuing veteran swingman Corey Brewer, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets have emerged as the most serious suitors for Brewer, whose arrival would be a notable boost for either team in terms of depth. ESPN.com

The Houston Rockets assigned Clint Capela, their 25th pick in the 2014 draft, to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday. The assignment is primarily for rehabilitation reasons, as Capela is currently nursing a groin injury that he suffered in preseason with the Rockets. He was forced to sit out the Vipers' season opener on Friday because of the injury, but made his debut on Saturday night against the Austin Spurs. In 12 minutes, Capela scored 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting, pulled down five rebounds, and blocked four shots. According to The Monitor's Dennis Silva, Capela will continue to be on a 15-minute restriction as he recovers from his injury. Ridiculous Upside

Terry agrees with Barkley. He, too, is on the opposite end of the spectrum from Rose when it comes to playing with injuries. "I try not to think about, 'OK it's going to hurt in three years,' " Terry said. "I try to go as hard as I possibly can and let God take care of the rest because if you live in the moment, that's what it's all about - taking advantage of every moment because one turned ankle, one false move, one guy falls into your legs, anything can happen on the court. Houston Chronicle

Carlos Arroyo on the NBA: “It’s not only about me. You know when I was playing in the NBA I was always following Euroleague cause of my FIBA attachment and the National Team. So I knew who Spanoulis was. If I remember well It was like 2006. I was playing at Orlando. Spanoulis has landed at the Houston Rockets and he had a tough coach, Jeff Van Gundy. It was easy for me to see that this guy wasn’t his self on the court. He wasn’t happy man. I remember talking with him about this. That they tried to control your game. EuroHoops.net

Arroyo: We have the same example with me at the Miami Heat. I had LeBron, Wade and Boss to give the ball. Can Arroyo be the real Arroyo in a situation like that? No, he can’t. He has to be a distributor for all that players. This is a very very tough situation for guys who are used to be the elite players in their teams. Spanoulis wasn’t respected that much at Houston. But, you know Spanoulis wasn’t Spanoulis at Houston! This was the case. EuroHoops.net

It’s interesting to note that things might have been different with Love and his desire to stay in Minnesota had not the Wolves dealt away another very good big man in July 2010. McHale was gone before that happened. “The year I was let go, I said to the owner, ‘If you keep Kevin Love and Al (Jefferson) together, you’ll have a really good (No.) 4 and 5,’ ” he said. “And last year I think one was second-team All-Pro (Love) and one was third-team All-Pro (Jefferson), so you could have had two really good building blocks there. “I thought they had a chance, if they kept them together, to be really good. But then they changed management, and Al gets traded for a loaf of bread and a bunch of other stuff (to Utah for Kosta Koufos and two picks), so none of that got to happen. The whole key was building around those two guys. If you have two of the top 15 players in the league, you have a chance to be a pretty good team.” Boston Herald

Saunders, who had come back to run the club and was also taking on coaching duties, was trying to get all he could for Love, whom he eventually dealt to Cleveland in a three-team maneuver that netted top overall draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and more. “I just knew that Flip was in a really tough position,” McHale told the Herald. “You’re almost in a no-win position, because you’re going to try to get back assets — you’re trying to get back young players — and then you’re going to try to tell your people to be patient while those young players try to hopefully move up to where you can be competitive again. Boston Herald

Dwight Howard was under investigation for child abuse and gave precisely the same excuse Adrian Peterson used, but it appears in this case authorities found Howard did not break the law. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... Howard's baby mama Royce Reed went to Children's Services in the Orlando, FL area in August and complained he had whipped their 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his leg. TMZ.com

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