1 » As a versatile, affordable swingman, former Florida Gators forward Corey Brewer has already been traded twice in his nine-year NBA career and may be on the verge of being moved a third time. According to ESPN.com, the Minnesota Timberwolves put Brewer on the market Wednesday night with Cleveland, Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers emerging as the “most interested suitors” for his services. Brewer is earning $4.7 million this season and has an option on a $4.9 million salary in 2015-16; however, it is believed that “teams would hope to persuade Brewer to waive” that option in order to “help facilitate the trade” from a bottom-basement team to championship-caliber franchise. It is believed that he will consider such a move, which would allow him to reach free agency a year sooner. Brewer is averaging 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game this season, though he is shooting just 41.8 percent from the field and 19.5 percent from beyond the arc. His versatility and ability to swing momentum in a flash is a valued asset that should lead Brewer to a team that could help him win his second pro title.
2 » Speaking of Brewer, here he is in a game this week taking seven steps on his way to a fastbreak dunk off a steal at midcourt. He was not whistled for traveling.
3 » Former Gators tight end Cornelius Ingram, whose promising NFL career was derailed by multiple torn ACLs both at Florida and as a professional, is finally back in football. On Tuesday, Ingram was named head coach of Hawthrone High School. “This is my purpose in life: to reach these kids and help them in life,” he told The Gainesville Sun. “It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.” A Hawthorne, Florida, native who grew up just 20 miles outside of Gainesville, Ingram fulfilled a dream by playing both football and basketball for the Gators. While rehabilitating from his multiple injuries – and after he officially ended his playing career – Ingram spent almost all of his free time in Hawthorne trying to better the local community.
“My town and everybody here always encouraged me. When I started playing and making plays, I felt like I was playing for my town,” he told OnlyGators.com back in June of 2010 [read the full interview]. “I knew I had a lot of kids and a lot of people back in Hawthorne wanting to see me be successful so bad, and I never really wanted to let them down. My family’s here, I always try to come back home and, when I’m out, I always see the people and talk to everybody. They always supported me. I love where I’m from. I love where I’m from. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” He also started The C.I. Foundation in Hawthorne and has been trying to support his hometown since. “I just want to see people happy and able to have fun and stay out of trouble. When I was coming up, we really didn’t have too many people who came here to talk to us. I was blessed because I have a great, great family that supported me through my entire career,” he said. “It’s sad to say, but a lot of kids around here don’t have that same family background like I do. It’s not their fault. I just want to be able to help out in any way possible and give everybody the opportunity to stay out of trouble and grow up and be comfortable in what they’re doing.”
4 » Former Florida center Patric Young looks to be doing well in Turkey as he begins his career with Galatasaray Basket. Check out these two alley-oops from NBA veteran point guard Carlos Arroyo.