Reports: Rockets still pursuing Corey Brewer trade; Cavaliers’ efforts to land him subsided

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The Cleveland Cavaliers need some help at the two-guard spot. Dion Waiters simply is not a good fit with the other starters — switch Shawn Marion into the starting lineup instead of Waiters and the lineup gets 14.9 points per 100 possessions better (stats via NBA.com). So they continue to play Marion out of position starting at the two.

Which is why the Cavaliers wanted to trade for Corey Brewer out of Minnesota. But those talks are basically dead right now, reports Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

To upgrade the position, Cleveland was in talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Corey Brewer, but those conversations have subsided. As of now, a rash of injuries has deterred Minnesota from handing over their best perimeter defender.

The Cavaliers have moved on and covet Portland’s Wesley Mathews, Haynes reports, but there is pretty close to zero chance the Trail Blazers are giving him up (why would they break up their team exactly?).

The Houston Rockets have not moved on, they re still trying to swing a deal for Brewer, reports Daren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com in Minnesota.

If the Timberwolves are not listening to the Cavs overtures for Brewer, they are not likely to listen to Rockets right now. The same concerns of injuries still apply.

But at some point before the trade deadline they will start to listen. And then act.