The Thunder have officially signed veteran wing Corey Brewer to a minimum contract, the team announced Saturday.
It is still unconfirmed when he will join the team.
Brewer and the Los Angeles Lakers worked a buyout Wednesday, when the Lakers waived him. He cleared waivers Friday.
Brewer played for Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan during his three years at the University of Florida. He and Donovan won a couple of national titles together (in 2006 and 2007). The two remain close today, one reason that enticed the 11-year veteran to sign with OKC.
The Thunder have been on the lookout for a wing ever since starting shooting guard Andre Roberson suffered a season-ending knee injury Jan. 27. Brewer struggled to find playing time with the 27-34 Lakers, averaging 3.7 points while shooting 45 percent from the field and 18 percent from 3-point land in 12.9 minutes a game, but he fits the body type and style Oklahoma City values.
The addition of the long-armed, 6-foot-9 wing adds length to a squad that already has limbs lining its perimeter. None of Oklahoma City’s wings who get regular playing time (Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Alex Abrines, Terrance Ferguson, Josh Huestis and Jerami Grant) is shorter than 6-foot-6.
Because the Lakers bought out Brewer before the NBA’s March 1 deadline for playoff eligibility, he would be able to play on the Thunder’s postseason roster. The team has not yet said what role he will play once he joins.
The Thunder have gone all season with 14 players on their NBA roster, one below the league maximum. Thus, they did not have to clear a spot to sign Brewer.
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.