HoopsHype Trade rumors

November 17, 2014 Updates

The Cavs are unquestionably interested in a deal for Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer, as reported Sunday by ESPN. One team official told FOX Sports Ohio that Brewer would be the perfect fit. He defends wings, doesn't need the ball, and would allow Marion to move back to his role as James' backup at small forward. And yes, keep the often shot-happy Waiters coming off the bench and scoring points -- which is how the Cavs' really like him. FoxSports.com

In the final analysis, the whoops factor of the episode exceeded any substantive damage, of which there was none. The parties completed the deal, and the Nuggets had protected their asset. Around the league, though, there was a collective WTF?! More than one source close to the league's infrastructure has confirmed Faried wasn't the only proposed transaction by Denver that violated CBA 101 basics. One rival team executive said the Nuggets called to propose a trade that was obviously unkosher under league rules, something that rarely, if ever, happens because no general manager wants to betray ignorance of such a rudimentary part of the gig. Most have the good sense to call the league to fact-check potential acquisitions. ESPN.com

November 16, 2014 Updates

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

If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. Brewer ranked as one of the league's foremost scorers in transition last season on the end of Love's outlet passes. It's an open secret, furthermore, that the Cavaliers are looking to get stronger at shooting guard as well reduce LeBron James' minutes load, so Brewer would likely play multiple positions should the Cavs seal a deal for him. ESPN.com

“The two offers were (Lakers center) Andrew Bynum, and I was afraid of his knees, and Big Al — and then some draft choices and other throw-ins and stuff like that,” McHale said. “I liked Andrew Bynum as a player. I liked Al, because he was a better scorer, but when you looked at Bynum, I was just so afraid of his knees and all the stuff that goes with that. “I know what people say about me and Danny, but if you look at what the Celtics (offered), Al and the picks, it was the best of the offers that were out there. I was actually surprised in one way, because there weren’t many teams we could deal with.” That factor came into play last year when the Celts traded Paul Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn in what ended up being a limited market. But in ’07, it caught McHale a bit off-guard. Boston Herald

“When I knew we were going to trade Kevin, of course, you call everybody, but so many teams were in different spots,” McHale said. “Well over 20 of the teams just said, ‘He’s not going to re-sign here. We won’t be able to keep him.’ Some teams didn’t have the assets, and some teams were just in a different spot, like, ‘We’re too young to take the guy.’ “So you only had four or five teams that actually fit the parameters of, ‘OK, we’re good enough, so we’re going to try to make a deal for the guy.’ Danny had gotten Ray Allen, and he needed another piece. The Lakers had Kobe (Bryant) and that whole group, so they had pieces. But it was pretty amazing how everything dried up, and all of a sudden you’re down to just a few teams. “I looked at our owner and said, ‘Wow, it’s amazing, because the guy’s a fantastic player.’ But when you start taking in $20-something-million dollars, and then you look to see where your team is at, it gets a lot harder. The market gets a lot smaller.” Boston Herald

Mark Cuban On turning around the Mavericks: “When I took over the team it was January of 2000. We were 9-23 and the general manager and coach at the time, Don Nelson — who came from the Knicks actually —said, ‘We can lose and try to get a good draft pick and da da da da da.’ As it turns out it was one of the worst drafts ever. I’m like, ‘No. At some point this team has to learn how to win.’ So we focused on winning and as it turned out, we had a nucleus of a great team. People just didn’t expect us to win, so the players didn’t expect us to win. So I walked in and said, ‘I expect you guys to win. We’re not going to mess around anymore. If you don’t lay it out, if you don’t put it all on the line, I’m going to trade your ass. And guess what? This is going to be a premier destination in the NBA. You can laugh because that’s what everybody did, but I’m going to kick everybody’s ass. They just don’t know it yet.’ ” Dallas Morning News

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