Nuggets acquire Brewer, Fernandez from Mavericks

Denver, Dec. 13, 2011 – The Denver Nuggets have acquired G/F Rudy Fernandez and F Corey Brewer from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for a future second-round draft pick, Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

The draft pick was originally obtained by the Nuggets from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Steven Hunter on Aug. 7, 2009.

“We are excited to add two talented young wing players who have proven themselves in the NBA,” Ujiri said. “They add depth to our roster, something that helped us finish strong last season, and I’m confident they will fit well with Coach Karl’s style of play.”

Fernandez, 6-6, 185, has averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 218 career games over three NBA seasons, all with the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged a career-high 10.4 points as a rookie in 2008-09 and set a then-NBA rookie record with 159 three-pointers.

Fernandez, 26, was traded from Portland to Dallas as part of a three-team deal with the Nuggets on June 23, 2011. Denver acquired Andre Miller and the draft rights to Jordan Hamilton in exchange for Raymond Felton.

Selected 24th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2007 NBA Draft, Fernandez’s draft rights were immediately traded to Portland. He played professionally in Spain in 2007-08 before joining the Trail Blazers the following season.

Brewer, 6-9, 188, has averaged 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 245 games over four NBA seasons with the Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged a career-high 13.0 points while starting all 82 games for the Timberwolves in 2009-10 but was traded to the New York Knicks as part of a three-team trade that also involved Denver on Feb. 22, 2011.

Waived by the Knicks on March 1, Brewer signed with the Mavericks and averaged 5.3 points in 13 games with Dallas. He appeared in six playoff games during Dallas’ run to the 2010-11 NBA championship.

Brewer, 25, was selected seventh overall by Minnesota in the 2007 NBA Draft after helping the University of Florida win back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007.