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Corey Brewer likely to sign with Thunder after Lakers buyout

Corey Brewer

Having reached a buyout agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers before March 1, Corey Brewer will still be eligible to play for whichever team signs him once he clears waivers. Not even a day has passed since being released, the Oklahoma City Thunder have already emerged as the team likely to sign the veteran swingman, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

With the Lakers having a multitude of young wing players in their fold, it made a lot of sense to let go of Brewer, who has also only received minimal playing time and mostly rode the bench. Should he indeed sign with the Thunder, the 31-year-old Florida product is expected have a bigger role, especially with Andre Roberson out for the remainder of the season. The team can use his experience, especially in the playoffs, as well as serve as another veteran locker room leader for them.

Brewer was  the seventh overall pick back in 2007 and is now a 10-year NBA veteran. He has suited up for six different teams, including the Dallas Mavericks in the 2010-11 season, where he became part of their title run. He is a proven winner, as he is also a two-time NCAA champion with the Gators.

In 54 games for the Lakers this season, Brewer has averages of 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. Although his production seems pedestrian, his biggest contribution is being able to remain healthy and provide quality minutes off the bench whenever he’s fielded in. Brewer also held the distinction of being the NBA’s ironman, owning a streak of 317 consecutive game played in at one point.