According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Dallas Mavericks are closing in on a multi-year deal with swingman Corey Brewer, who was recently bought out by the New York Knicks. The deal is expected to be in the “7-8 million range.” According to Stein, Dallas’ ability to pay Brewer more than the Spurs or Celtics would have been able to was a key factor in Brewer’s decision.
Brewer is a high-energy player and solid defender who will help Dallas recover from the loss of Caron Butler, but he will have to improve his scoring efficiency if he wants to justify the contract the Mavericks are about to give him. When Brewer does get to the rim, he can be effective, but his shot selection and jumper have rendered him completely ineffective whenever he ventures outside of the paint. If Brewer can learn to make a short-corner three or move more without the ball so that most of his shots come from the paint, this will be a quality value signing. If not, Brewer could still be useful as a defensive specialist in limited minutes.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.