According to Yahoo Sports, Corey Brewer has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder following his buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Sources: Corey Brewer signing minimum deal with Thunder for rest of the season. He’ll clear waivers on Friday. https://t.co/ZxAcTmzz7X
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Brewer, who played under Thunder coach Billy Donovan at Florida, spoke to several other teams according to the report, but ultimately settled on the Thunder. His relationship with Donovan was a “significant factor” in his decision.
Brewer played at Florida for three seasons, winning back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007.
In the NBA, Brewer has bounced around a fair amount, playing for the Timberwolves, Mavericks, Nuggets, Rockets, and the Lakers before coming to the Thunder. He’s a steady defensive presence who, although he doesn’t add much in the way of shooting (Brewer is a career 28% three-point shooter), he can help emulate some of the cutting and diving action that Andre Roberson added for the Thunder.
A Roberson replacement Brewer is not, but the Thunder did have an open roster spot, so filling it with a veteran with playoff experience seemed like a no-brainer for Sam Presti. In reality, this team is already well into the luxury tax, so the penalty incurred for signing Brewer is a drop in the bucket compared to what is already being spent.
For his career, Brewer averages 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. He’s a career 42% shooter and knocks down free throws at a 71% clip.
In limited time on the floor with the Lakers this season, Brewer has averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.