The Mavericks haven't had much luck in the past signing players that have been bought out or released during the season. Whether it's Zydrunas Ilgauskas or Brent Barry or Drew Gooden, players on the open market that interest Dallas tend to go elsewhere.
Not this year.
Just five weeks ago, the Mavs picked up their current starting small forward, Peja Stojakovic, after he agreed to a buyout with Toronto. Now it's Corey Brewer, who was recently released by New York.
After clearing waivers, the former lottery pick signed a three-year deal with Dallas. About a dozen teams were interested in Brewer, including contenders San Antonio and Boston, and several were offering more money than the Mavs.
But the chance to do something special in Dallas appealed to Brewer. Before being dealt to the Knicks in the days before the trading deadline, he spent the first 3-1/2 years of his NBA career with lowly Minnesota.
"You always want to be a winner," said Brewer, a two-time national champion at Florida. "Once you taste winning, you want to keep winning. I haven't won since I got in the NBA. I'm happy to be on a winner."
Brewer, a 6-foot-8 swingman, helps fill the void left by Caron Butler, along with Stojakovic. Brewer, 25 on Saturday, adds a defensive element to Dallas coach Rick Carlisle's rotation. He's been compared favorably to former Spurs stopper Bruce Bowen.
Brewer played five minutes Friday against Indiana. The Mavs (45-16) are back in action Sunday at home against Memphis.
MAVERICKS 116, PACERS 108: Dirk Nowitzki was nearly perfect in scoring 29 and Dallas needed it to hold off game Indiana at home Friday. Nowitzki hit 10-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-10 at the line, as the Mavs won a league-leading eighth straight. Dallas had its highest scoring first half of the season with 68 points in the shootout.
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