Report: Waived by Los Angeles Lakers, Corey Brewer likely to sign with Oklahoma City Thunder
From NBA Twitter and media reports
The Lakers have agreed to a contract buyout with veteran Corey Brewer and recalled big man Thomas Bryant from their G League affiliate on Wednesday.
What’s next for Brewer? According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 11-year veteran is likely to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder once he clear waivers.
Corey Brewer is likely to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder upon clearing waivers on Friday, league sources tell ESPN. Brewer agreed to a contract buyout with the Lakers today.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2018
Should Brewer join Oklahoma City, he would be reunited with Billy Donovan, who coached him in college and with whom he is still close.
“I just want to play basketball,” Brewer told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s tough not to be playing. I know I can still play. It’s just we’re a young team — they’re a young team — and they’re all about going young right now. I just want to have a chance to play … maybe help a playoff team make a run.”
Brewer played in 54 games for Los Angeles this season, averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds mostly as a reserve.
“It was a pleasure to have Corey on our team,” said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka in an official press release. “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.”
Thanks to everyone in the Los Angeles Lakers organization for my time here. A special thanks to all the great Lakers fans coast to coast for your support!
— Corey Brewer (@TheCoreyBrewer) February 28, 2018
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.
Brewer also has played for Minnesota, Dallas and Denver, winning a 2011 championship ring with the Mavericks.