Report: Corey Brewer commits to deal with Oklahoma City Thunder
From NBA media reports
It didn’t take long for an NBA reunion of ex-University of Florida heroes to happen.
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, veteran guard Corey Brewer has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The move will reunite Brewer, who starred on UF’s NCAA championship teams of 2006 and ’07, with the Thunder coach Billy Donovan (who coached those UF teams).
The move, which had been reported as a likely one since yesterday, took place today after Brewer spoke with Donovan and OKC’s front office. Here’s more from Charania:
Brewer spoke to Thunder head coach Billy Donovan and general manager Sam Presti on Wednesday night, as well as three Eastern Conference teams, before finalizing his decision on Thursday morning, league sources said. Brewer’s longstanding relationship with Donovan — who coached him as part of Florida’s two national championship teams in 2006 and 2007 — was a significant factor in choosing to sign with the Thunder after he clears waivers on Friday.
Brewer and the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a contract buyout Wednesday, one day before the deadline for players to reach free agency and be eligible for the postseason. The Oklahoma City Thunder emerged as a team with serious interest in Brewer, but he also spoke to other interested teams. Cleveland, Portland, Washington and Milwaukee also showed interest, league sources said.
Brewer will fortify the Thunder’s depth on the wing after the team lost Andre Roberson for the season because of a ruptured left patellar tendon.
Brewer played in 54 games for Los Angeles this season, averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds mostly as a reserve.
The Lakers acquired Brewer last year in Magic Johnson’s first trade as the Lakers president of basketball operations, sending Lou Williams to the Rockets while acquiring Houston’s first-round pick.
“It was a pleasure to have Corey on our team,” said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka in a news release yesterday. “Corey’s professionalism and competitive mindset will leave a positive mark on the Lakers for a long time. We appreciate his time with the team and wish him the best of luck for the remainder of his career.”
Brewer also has played for Minnesota, Dallas and Denver, winning a 2011 championship ring with the Mavericks.