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Report: Corey Brewer gets contract buyout from Los Angeles Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Corey Brewer has been out of the playoff mix since 2016, but that could change soon.

Per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the team and Brewer have agreed to a contract buyout. In order for Brewer to qualify for a playoff roster, he would have had to have been bought out of his deal by March 1. 

Sam Amick of USA Today reports that several teams are interested in Brewer, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers and Milwaukee Bucks.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Oklahoma City Thunder could be a serious suitor for Brewer as well. Brewer played under Thunder coach Billy Donovan when both men were at the University of Florida. Brewer was a part of Florida’s back-to-back NCAA championship teams in 2006 and ’07.

This season, Brewer is averaging career lows in scoring (3.7 points per game), rebounding (1.7 rpg) and minutes (12.9 mpg) and has appeared in 54 games. His last playoff games came with the Rockets, when he averaged 4.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.4 apg in Houston’s first-round series loss to the Golden State Warriors



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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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