An overspent, frustrated Corey Brewer left the Twin Cities two and a half years ago.

According to the Timberwolves' newest swingman, it's a smarter, more prudent Brewer that'll return this season.

"I've learned what I can do and can't do," said Brewer, who signed Friday with the team that originally drafted him.

What the 6-foot-9, 185-pound Florida product can do is hound opposing shooters. He can make plays in transition, especially with an on-the-fly distributor like Ricky Rubio leading the charge. He can knock down the very occasional shot, most notably the corner 3-pointer.

What Brewer can't do, he's come to grips with, is carry a team on his shoulders. Many expected something close to that when Kevin McHale selected him seventh overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

By the time he began contributing on a meaningful level in his third year, the Timberwolves were assessing his trade value. That eventually led to the transaction that sent him into journeyman mode -- first the New York Knicks for one week, next the remainder of that season on the bench for eventual champion Dallas, then the past two years in Denver.

It was a process that opened his eyes to championship-level basketball deep in the heart of Texas and helped him accept his role as an energetic, off-the-bench defender out in the mountains.