Los Angeles Lakers waive veteran Corey Brewer
NBA.com Global on Mar 01, 2018 07:43 AM
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer has been out of the playoff mix since 2016, but that could change soon.
The Lakers officially waived Brewer on Wednesday afternoon (Thursday, PHL time), which allows him to join a playoff roster since he was bought out of his current contract before March 1 (Mar. 2, PHL time).
The Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly are among the favorites to land Brewer, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times and Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Oklahoma City Thunder have emerged as a team with serious interest in Brewer, but he will speak to all interested teams after being placed on waivers, league sources said. Cleveland, Portland and Milwaukee are among other teams interested in Brewer, league sources said.
The Thunder are a strong favorite to sign Corey Brewer, league sources say, with Brewer's former college coach Billy Donovan leading the recruitment and a clear need in the wake of Andre Roberson's injury— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 28, 2018
Brewer played under Thunder coach Billy Donovan when both were at the University of Florida and was a key part of Donovan's back-to-back NCAA title teams at UF in 2006 and '07.
After Corey Brewer’s buyout with the Lakers, a reunion with his college coach Billy Donovan in Oklahoma City is a serious possibility, league sources tell ESPN. He will talk to other teams too.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 28, 2018
While this connection to Donovan could influence Brewer, TNT analyst David Aldridge reports an Eastern Conference team is more likely to land Brewer.
While OKC is still in the mix for newly released @TheCoreyBrewer w/Billy Donovan ties, source says Eastern Conference team more likely. Brewer could still sign with Thunder after Thursday and be playoff eligible if he doesn’t reach a deal with another team & clears waivers.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 28, 2018
Several teams are interested in Brewer, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers and Milwaukee Bucks, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans could be in the fray, too.
Corey Brewer expected to take his time in deciding his next spot after his Lakers buyout, I’m told. Cavs, Wizards, Portland, Bucks have shown some interest already, but Corey wants a legit role.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 28, 2018
This season, Brewer is averaging career lows in scoring (3.7 points per game), rebounding (1.7 rpg) and minutes (12.9 mpg) and has appeared in 54 games. His last playoff games came with the Rockets, when he averaged 4.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.4 apg in Houston's first-round series loss to the Golden State Warriors in 2016.