While the buyout market has not been as robust as expected around the league, there could be a rush with a few more in the coming days — guys need to be bought out and clear waivers by March 1 to be eligible to join another team’s playoff roster.
One guy who it looks like will be available: Corey Brewer. Via Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Brewer has played a limited role for the rebuilding Lakers, coming off the bench for about 13 minutes a night, averaging 3.7 points per game, and he has not been efficient doing it. He’s been a good presence in the Lakers’ young locker room, but on the court he’s had a minimal impact.
If he’s willing to save the Lakers some money (taking less than what he is still owed on his $7.6 million contract), the Lakers will do it.
Where could he land? Via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Sam Amick of the USA Today:
Since the loss of Andre Roberson, the Thunder could use some depth and help on the wing, although Brewer provides leak outs not defense. Still, he would fit better than some of the guys currently on the OKC roster. Other playoff teams will make a pitch as well. Brewer wants a rotation role on one of these teams, but he’s going to have to play better than he has to keep it.
We’ll see if the Lakers cut ties with the guy who might draw more interest as a buyout candidate: Brook Lopez. He also means far more to them on the court, so it may not happen.