April 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Corey Brewer (13) during the first half against the Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves Need to Sign Defensive Minded Small Forward

The Timberwolves made a splash in free agency yesterday and signed two much needed shooters in Chase Budinger and Kevin Martin. Unfortunately, neither of these players are great on the defensive end. I am definitely happy with the signings but Minnesota needs a lockdown defender in one of the wing positions. This small forward will start Minnesota will not need another scorer in the starting lineup with Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, and Kevin Martin. The Wolves also need this forward to come cheap as they do not have much money left after signing Martin and Budinger and also focusing on resigning Nikola Pekvoic. There are a few options for the Timberwolves that will likely come at the veterans minimum. Some options to sign through free agency are: Matt Barnes, Corey Brewer, and Al-Farouq Aminu. Barnes is probably the most skilled out of these players after averaging 10.3 ppg, along with 4.3 rpg but I think the most likely to sign with Minnesota would be Corey Brewer.

Brewer has the length to play small forward or shooting guard but will most likely start at small forward.Brewer has the length to play small forward or shooting guard but will most likely start at small forward. Brewer was drafted by Minnesota in 2007 and recorded his best season in Minnesota averaging 13 ppg, and 2.4 apg. He would bring some athleticism to the wing which the Timberwolves lacked last season. Brewer is not phased by players better than him and when Minnesota plays a team like the New York Knicks he will be guarding Carmelo Anthony. Brewer brings tenacity and toughness to the wing, which is something the Timberwolves have lacked in recent years and would be a great fit in Minnesota.

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