Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer has agreed to a contract buyout to become a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Brewer and the Lakers finalized the buyout Wednesday, one day before the deadline for players to reach free agency and be eligible for the postseason. The Oklahoma City Thunder have emerged as a team with serious interest in Brewer, but he will speak to all interested teams after being placed on waivers, league sources said. Cleveland, Portland and Milwaukee are among other teams interested in Brewer, league sources said.
Brewer has familiarity with Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, who coached Brewer as part of Florida’s two national championship teams in in 2006 and 2007.
Brewer has averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game in 54 contests this season. He had fallen out of the rotation recently and pursued a buyout to join a postseason contender.
Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN