By: Dan Cole | KFAN.com
Flip Saunders kept the improvements coming over the weekend, signing former Wolves first-round pick Corey Brewer to a three-year deal worth $15 million on Friday.
Saunders, owner Glen Taylor and Kevin Martin all helped recruit Brewer and get him to return to Minneapolis this season. Martin, the Wolves' premier signing this offseason, wanted Brewer to know that the team is moving in the right direction and could use his help.
"He kind of recruited me like Flip and Glen were recruiting me," Brewer said. "He was calling and texting me all the time, saying I could come and play here."
He's played here before, but it's the hope that Brewer will be able to cement himself into a more definite and suitable role. He has a lot of defensive upside and the kind of speed and athleticism that could flourish in head coach Rick Adelman's run and gun system -- much as he did in Denver the past two seasons.
He played a more tertiary role in Denver, which suited him much better than his original role in Minnesota, when he was relied on as a primary scorer.
"I’m in a good situation," Brewer said. "I’m coming out of a similar situation with guys like Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala and Danilo Gallinari. I’m the fourth or fifth option here. That’s a good thing."
Since being drafted by the Wolves seventh overall in 2007, Brewer has seen a steady improvement in numbers, especially since joining the Nuggets prior to the 2011-12 season, which is something he credits largely to former Nuggets head coach George Karl.
Brewer played in all 82 games for Denver last season, efficiently averaging 12.1 points in 24.4 minutes per game. It's uncertain if he'll be coming off the bench or starting for the Wolves yet, but he's ready to accept either role.
"Either one could happen. I’d love to start, and if I get that opportunity I’m going to take it," Brewer said. "I feel like I’m a lot better than three years ago when I left. I’ve been in the league going on seven years now. I know what I can do and what I can’t do. I’ve had the opportunity to play and get better."
Given the slew of moves and improvements this offseason, it's now the definite plan for the Timberwolves to make the playoffs. But Brewer says it shouldn't stop there.
"It’s one thing to make the playoffs, but we want to do some damage when we get there."