The Los Angeles Lakers are parting ways with Corey Brewer, the two sides coming to a contract buyout agreement Wednesday morning, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Brewer’s role has fluctuated through the season, appearing in 54 of the Lakers’ 60 games.
The buyout landing before Mar. 1 allows Brewer to be playoff eligible, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have “serious interest” in signing him, according to Charania. Other teams on the radar include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Brewer’s time with the Lakers was fairly even. He was a solid veteran presence behind a very young team, never turned his lack of playing time into an issue and gave us some good memories.
“You wanna win, you gotta put Brewski in” remains a classic quote:
'You wanna win, you gotta put brewski in'— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) November 14, 2017
Our 'Access SportsNet: Lakers' panel chat with @TheCoreyBrewer after tonight's #Lakers victory. pic.twitter.com/1ZYE0yC48M
Brewer averaged 3.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and .8 assists in 12.9 minutes per game. He was also shooting a career-worst 18.6 percent from beyond the arc. Perhaps a change of scenery will get him into a new rhythm, but he’s a career 28 percent three-point shooter.
This is a fairly easy move for both sides. The Lakers don’t need Brewer for the final stretch and he “pursued” the buyout. It’s good business for everyone, and Corey already dropped a few quotes about the news:
Corey Brewer is on a flight back to Los Angeles, having agreed to a buyout with the Lakers. "I just want to play basketball," he told me. "It’s tough not to be playing. I know I can still play." Hopes to land somewhere he can help a playoff team make a run.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 28, 2018
"I helped the guys as much as I could," Corey Brewer said. "I didn’t mind being a mentor. There’s a lot of good guys. When you can still play you don't want to be in a situation where you’re not playing."— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 28, 2018