Corey Brewer has committed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
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 will sign a minimum deal for the remainder of the season, league sources said.
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 has averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game in 54 contests this season. He had fallen out of the Lakers’ rotation recently and pursued a buyout to join a postseason contender.
Brewer, 31, is in his 11th season and has brought reliable scoring and a defensive presence during his career. He has career averages of 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Brewer was the No. 7 overall selection in the 2007 NBA draft.
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