KEY POINTS

  • Corey Brewer is set to rejoin Sacramento Kings
  • Brewer is expected to provide maturity to Kings
  • Brewer's stint could be a short one if Sacramento falters

Corey Brewer did not play a single game during the 2019-20 NBA season but will get the chance to do that soon. The 34-year-old veteran is reported headed back to the same team he last played for when the NBA “bubble games” kick-off in Orlando, Florida next month.

Brewer’s plans to sign with the Kings was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic. Brewer provides the Kings with much-needed veteran leadership, one that could end after eight games. Sacramento will have to dig deep to get a chance at the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. They hold a 28-36 win-loss record and are currently tied with the New Orleans Pelicans. They are 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, meaning Sacramento will have to rack up as many wins as possible. Also worth noting is that the San Antonio Spurs are just half a game behind them, ESPN reported.

Brewer brings the experience that could help boost the Kings. He was part of the Dallas Maverick champion team in 2011 and is a tested veteran. The last time he played for Sacramento, Brewer played 32 games and averaged 4.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.7 minutes of action per Basketball-Reference.com. He holds career averages of 8.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

From the numbers that Brewer can produce, it is pretty clear that he was brought in to provide maturity to the younger players on the team. Hence, his tenure may only last long if guys like De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic push themselves to play at an All-Star level. Their chances of advancing will be tough but achievable if everyone responds to the directives of head coach Luke Walton.

Corey Brewer Denver Nuggets Denver forward Corey Brewer will fill in for the injured Danilo Gallinari. Photo: Reuters

As of this writing, there is no official explanation given on why Brewer is picking the Kings over other NBA teams. He could have been better off with teams like the Houston Rockets or the Utah Jazz, though there were no confirmed offers on the table. Regardless, it could be his ticket to the next NBA season.

At his age, Brewer knows that it is hard to hook on to teams right now. Proof of that is that no club approached him before the league came to a halt last March. Now, he gets the chance to play again and is expected to make the most out of it.