Corey Brewer: 'Happy to be on a winner'

Updated: March 4, 2011, 2:47 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- One day after clearing waivers and signing a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, Corey Brewer will suit up in his No. 13 jersey for Friday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Brewer will make his Dallas debut, but coach Rick Carlisle didn't rule out using Brewer as a situational defender against the Pacers.

The Mavericks have an open spot on the active roster with Tyson Chandler being out two games with a sprained ankle. So don't be surprised if Brewer spends a possession or two harassing Indiana star Danny Granger.

"If we get a defensive situation where he can help us, we'll put him in there," Carlisle said.

Brewer said his decision to come to Dallas was based on a desire to win. The seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft had about a dozen teams pursue him after receiving a buyout from the New York Knicks this week. It's no coincidence that the final three teams he considered (Mavs, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics) are all legitimate contenders.

After winning two NCAA titles with the Florida Gators, it was tough for Brewer to spend the first three-and-a-half seasons of his NBA career on the bottom of the Western Conference standings with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"You always want to be a winner," Brewer said. "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 still has a lot of work to do to learn the Mavericks' schemes. He had a teaching session with the coaching staff Thursday afternoon and went through the morning shootaround Friday.

But the slender 6-foot-8 swingman clearly understands his role, even though he doesn't know how many minutes he'll get.

"Just bring energy, come off the bench and play hard," said Brewer, who believes he has plenty of potential to develop but is primarily concerned with fitting in this season. "I can help defensively and guard people. That's what I do."

Chandler, meanwhile, said he expected only to miss two games after suffering a sprained ankle vs. Philadelphia on Tuesday.

"I'm feeling good," Chandler said Friday. "Today I did some band work, ran in the pool, some balance stuff. It's better than I thought. I've still obviously got a little pain there, but as long as we get the swelling out, I'll be fine."

Chandler is averaging 10.4 points and 9.4 rebounds for the Mavericks. He believes he'll be ready to play Monday against the Timberwolves.

"I should be fine by then," Chandler said.

Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.

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