Corey Brewer played for the Thunder even though he had not yet practiced with the team. The 6-foot-9 guard was formally signed by Oklahoma City on Friday.
Brewer, an 11-year NBA veteran, averaged 3.7 points in 54 games this season with the Lakers, who agreed to a buyout with him Wednesday.
“I’ve got confidence in him. I know him as a player and a person. He’s very smart and cerebral and he’ll be able to figure things out as he’s going,” said Thunder coach Billy Donovan, who also coached Brewer at the University of Florida.
Brewer made his Oklahoma City debut in the first quarter and played 12 minutes with a rebound and an assist, along with four fouls.
He will help fill the void Andre Roberson left for the Thunder when he ruptured his left patellar tendon and was lost for the season. The Thunder have started multiple players with limited results since the injury.
Brewer, 31, averaged 11.9 points per game for Houston during the 2014-15 season and has career averages of 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Brewer played for Donovan on Florida’s 2006 and 2007 national championship teams.