Corey Brewer is on the verge of signing a multi-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Brewer, a fourth-year veteran who was the No. 7 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, was bought out by the New York Knicks earlier this week. The Knicks had picked him up from the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he'd spent his entire career, in the massive Carmelo Anthony trade that sent Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph to the Wolves. But the Knicks decided to waive Brewer in favor of second-year power forward Derrick Brown, who was waived by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Brewer had been pursued by several teams, but Stein reports that the Mavericks offered a portion of their unused mid-level exception, allowing Dallas to outbid the Celtics, Lakers and Spurs. Stein reports that Dallas plans to use Brewer in a platoon with Peja Stojakovic as the Mavericks chases San Antonio and tries to hold off the Lakers and Thunder in the Western Conference playoff race.
Brewer is among the worst shooters in the NBA, but is considered a valuable defender. He fell behind newcomers Martell Webster (acquired from the Blazers before the 2010 NBA Draft) and Wesley Johnson (the Wolves' No. 4 pick) in Minnesota's rotation this season. He won two national championships with Al Horford and Joakim Noah at Florida before entering the NBA. Noah, who signed a $60 million extension before the season began, was picked two choices after Brewer in the 2007 draft.