The Thunder are gaining traction with former Los Angeles Lakers wing Corey Brewer, multiple sources told The Transcript.
The 11-year veteran, who negotiated a buyout with the Lakers on Wednesday, is "likely" to sign with Oklahoma City when he clears waivers Friday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Thunder — who, like most top teams, did not make a move before the Feb. 8 trade deadline — have prioritized fit over all else when looking into bought-out players over the past three weeks. The team has been missing a wing ever since starting shooting guard Andre Roberson suffered a season-ending knee injury Jan. 27.
They have started third-year wing Josh Huestis at shooting guard the past four games but have also used rookie Terrance Ferguson and sharpshooter Alex Abrines in that spot since Roberson went down.
Brewer averaged 3.7 points in 12.9 minutes over 54 games with the Lakers this season, shooting 45 percent from the field and 18 percent from 3. He's earned the career-long reputation of a fast-break capitalist, someone who leaks out in transition about as indiscriminately as anyone around the NBA. He played three years at the University of Florida for current OKC coach Billy Donovan, with whom he won national championships in 2006 and 2007. The two have remained close.
He was making $7.6 million on the final year of his deal with the Lakers. The Thunder have only a minimum contract to offer.
The Thunder have played all season with 14 players on their active roster, one below the league maximum. Players cannot switch teams after March 1 and be playoff-eligible with their new teams. Since Brewer worked a buyout just before the March 1 deadline, meaning he technically will not be on a team March 1, he would be playoff-eligible with whichever organization signs him.
Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the postgame show, Thunder After Dark, and the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.