After receiving a midseason buyout from the Lakers, Corey Brewer will be jumping right into the playoff race after reportedly agreeing to a deal with the Thunder. Brewer chose OKC after having discussions with three Eastern Conference teams. The Cavaliers, Wizards, Bucks and Blazers were among the other teams interested in signing Brewer. Los Angeles acquired Brewer in a trade with the Houston Rockets in February 2017 that also netted the Lakers a first-round pick in exchange for Lou Williams. Now, he will be joining his fourth team in four seasons. Brewer had a hard time seeing the court in L.A., with his minutes at a career-low 12.9 this season. As a result of little playing time, he was averaging just 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game with the Purple and Gold. Oklahoma City will benefit from adding wing depth, getting a player who can play defense and score when called upon. The 6’9″ forward has never been an elite scorer in the NBA, but he has shown in the past he can contribute double-digit points. Brewer has been to the playoffs five times with three different franchises. Having his veteran presence and experience only adds to the impact he can make on the court. With Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams, the Thunder don’t need someone to come in and try to average 20 points per game. A veteran role player is exactly what they need—and it’s exactly what Brewer can do. Oklahoma City’s defense suffered a big blow when Andre Roberson was lost to a season-ending knee injury in January. By adding a solid defender like Brewer to the mix, the Thunder have helped minimize the loss.
Forward Trevor Booker plans to sign with the Pacers following his release from the Philadelphia 76ers. Booker was waived Wednesday for the 76ers to create roster space to sign forward Ersan Ilyasova. Booker had interest from several postseason contenders before deciding on Indiana, league sources said. He is signing a minimum deal for the remainder of the season. Booker was acquired by Philadelphia in the Jahlil Okafor trade with the Brooklyn Nets in December, when the 76ers gave up a second-round selection to land him. He appeared in 33 games for the 76ers, averaging 4.7 points. Booker, 30, has averaged seven points and 5.5 rebounds in his eight-year NBA career with Washington, Utah, Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
To this point, Derrick Rose has received a couple of 10-day contract offers, but nothing more attractive or substantial. He’s looking for an opportunity that could be a longer-term fit—and one with a team that’s ready to win now, or soon, as opposed to rebuilding. “He’s not trying to go into a developing situation or trying to find out who is he is,” the person close to has told. “He knows who he is as a player.” “When Derrick Rose is healthy, there are no problems”. Sadly, that has rarely been the case since Rose turned the NBA into a meteor shower of his own breathtaking highlights in his 2010-11 MVP season. In recent years, after all the knee injuries, I’d seen Rose come to grips with the fact that his body needed constant maintenance—that injuries weren’t freak accidents, but functions of weaknesses, instabilities and poor movement patterns that had been ingrained for years. In Rose’s case, maybe far too long.
Recently Rose has said: “I know how good I am. And right now, the only thing that I’m missing is an opportunity. Just being patient and taking my time”.
David Fizdale may not be without a job much longer. The Suns are targeting the former Grizzlies head coach to replace interim coach Jay Triano. However, there are reports that the Lakers are interested in Fizdale, even though Luke Walton still has three years remaining on his contract. Phoenix fired head coach Earl Watson just three games into the season. The Suns were 0-3 on the court, and off it, there was drama involving guard Eric Bledsoe, who was ultimately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. Watson was canned in the midst of the dysfunction, with Triano taking over under the interim tag. Things have not gotten much better since the coaching change, however. At 18-44, Phoenix owns the worst record in the NBA. Memphis gave the 43-year-old his first shot at being an NBA coach. Fizdale led the Grizzlies to a 43-39 record and a playoff appearance in his lone full season with the organization. The team was just 7-12 this season under his command, and his rocky relationship with star Marc Gasol likely played a role in his departure. For a variety of reasons, Fizdale didn’t work out in Memphis—but he still appears to be generating interest despite not much of a track record as an NBA head coach. Of course, perhaps Phoenix and Los Angeles have LeBron James in mind when considering Fizdale. Whether or not either of those teams have a chance to land the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar in free agency this summer doesn’t really matter, although his connection to James certainly helps Fizdale’s cause. Fizdale was the fall guy in Memphis as the team got off to a disappointing start. Fortunately for him, he could soon land another head coaching gig.