The Oklahoma City Thunder appears to be prepared to fill the final spot on the roster by signing the newly bought out Corey Brewer.
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
Brewer was bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier today in hopes of filling a legitimate role on a playoff team. Brewer has played an average of only 12.9 minutes in 54 games for the Lakers so far this season while putting up averages of 3.7 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the floor and 1.7 rebounds per game. One area the Thunder desperately needs help is three-point shooting, and Brewer is shooting an abysmal 18.6% from three, so his role on this team appears to be unclear.
OFFICIAL: Lakers Waive Corey Brewer https://t.co/uc029jm6SM
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 28, 2018
One positive note on the probable signing is that Thunder head coach Billy Donovan and Corey Brewer have history. Brewer played college ball under Billy Donovan for four years (2004-07) at the University of Florida, and they have maintained a relationship ever since. Perhaps the history there means there will be chemistry that will help Brewer in assimilating to the Thunder way of basketball despite it being this late in the season.
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 the move doesn’t exactly move the needle for the Thunder in terms of overall capability, the organization has at least filled the 15th roster spot. Brewer’s role on the team is uncertain, but it is likely he will at the bare minimum see some solid time off the bench. Who knows? Maybe he will surprise everyone and prove to be a solid supporting role on a team desperate for some positive change.
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