Denver Nuggets Acquire Swingmen Brewer and Fernandez from Dallas
Although the team has lost its share of players due to free agency and international contracts, the Denver Nuggets were able to add two quality players to their roster today at a very cheap price.
Fernandez never made an appearance for the Mavericks, having been traded to Dallas from the Portland Trail Blazers over the summer.
More specifically, the Spanish guard/forward just today resolved visa issues that had prevented him from joining the reigning NBA champions as they begin training camp.
According to a post he added to his Twitter account, he was actually scheduled to land in Dallas tomorrow. He will now, however, become a member of legendary coach George Karl's Nuggets.
Fernandez, who spent three seasons with Portland, had contemplated whether to remain in the NBA or return to Europe when the lockout-shortened season commenced.
After publicly demanding a trade last December and struggling to produce respectable numbers, the shooter improved on multiple facets of his game and earned the support of his Blazers teammates.
For his career, the 6'6" Spaniard averages 9.1 points, 2.5 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game and shoots an impressive 86 percent from the free-throw stripe.
The Mavericks were more reluctant to part with two-time NCAA champion Corey Brewer, who added an NBA title to his resume with Dallas last season.
After being traded midseason last year by his team of four years, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brewer was highly praised by the Mavs staff and signed a three-year contract with the team.
Unfortunately, the 6'9" Florida graduate was never able to gel with the eventual Finals winners and rarely saw significant playing time.
In his career, he has posted 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.
As an explanation for the trade, the Nuggets were in dire need for solid role players and reliable shooters.
During this summer's lockout, two of the team's most valuable shooters, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith, signed deals with Chinese professional teams that lacked opt-out clauses.
With the acquisition of Fernandez, Denver gains an outside shooting threat while with Brewer, Karl's team will be aided by the 25-year-old's abilities to penetrate and defend larger guards and forwards.
Needless to say, a future second-round pick is a shockingly low price to pay for a pair of quality players that could help a rebuilding team contend for a playoff berth for the ninth straight season.
Although Brewer and Fernandez undoubtedly have the potential to positively impact the team, the Nuggets still face the difficult task of re-signing center Nene Hilario, or a some other respectable man in the middle, to have any real chance at a winning record in the West.
As for the Mavericks, a team attempting to reign in their payroll to satisfy the $70.3 million luxury tax threshold, the shedding of the two swingmen's contracts will remove just over $5 million dollars from the books.
In analysis, Dallas is able to save a considerable amount of money by trading two players who were not essential to their success last season or have a bearing on coach Rick Carslile's system.
All sources indicate that neither team will become silent in this year's free-agent frenzy.
The Dallas Mavericks will most likely attempt to create additional cap space while at the same time adding a veteran center.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets will also look to add frontcourt support and attempt to re-sign their most valuable prospect in Arron Afflalo.
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