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Former Portland basketball player hoping to make long playoff run with new team


Former Portland basketball player hoping to make long playoff run with new team

PHOTO: Professional basketball player, Corey Brewer, signs the shirt of a young fan. / Photo by Chris Ladd

By CHRIS LADD

Former Portland High School star Corey Brewer reached an agreement to a buyout from the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday morning.

Once Brewer clears waivers on Friday, he will be able to sign with any team in the league. Several playoff contenders could be a landing spot for Brewer.

Brewer told Sumner Home Page Wednesday afternoon that he’ll do whatever it takes to help his next team win.

“I can’t wait to go to a team that I can help and bring the energy to the floor that I play with,” Brewer said.

Corey Brewer gets a proclamation from Portland Mayor Ken Wilber. / Photo by Chris Ladd

Brewer, in his 11th NBA season, was in his second season playing for the Lakers. He was traded last season to the Lakers along with a first-round pick from the Houston Rockets for Lou Williams.

Over his career, he has played 765 games while averaging 8.8 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assist per game. He’s played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

In a press release by the Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka wished Brewer well in the future.

“It was a pleasure to have Corey on our team,” Pelinka said. “Corey’s professionalism and competitive mindset will leave a positive mark on the Lakers for a long time. We appreciate his time with the team and wish him the best of luck for the remainder of his career.”

In 54 games this season, Brewer was averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.9 minutes.

“I just want to play,” Brewer added. “It’s been tough not playing and hopefully I can go to a team and help them make a long playoff run.”

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