SACRAMENTO -- Corey Brewer has made a very good first impression with the Sacramento Kings. It earned him a second 10-day contract last week and on Thursday, the team inked the nomadic forward for the remainder of the season.
The 32-year-old wing has bounced around the league over his 12-year career, playing for eight different teams. He brings and energy and defensive presence on the perimeter that the Kings desperately need after the deadline deal that sent Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets.
“On the court, it’s very positive, he fits our style,” coach Dave Joerger said. “Getting up and down the floor, he’s always been a guy that can get out on the break, make an open shot from three, space the floor, gives us length defensively and different looks on some guys.”
In addition to his play on the court, Joerger praised Brewer for his leadership behind the scenes. Always with a smile on his face, Brewer has been a breath of fresh air for a team that is embroiled in a playoff race for the first time in over a decade.
“He’s been good for us,” De’Aaron Fox said. “When he gets on the court, you know what he’s going to bring.”
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In 793 career regular season games, Brewer has posted 8.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He’s appeared in 47 playoff games, including a Championship run with the 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks.
Through three appearances with Sacramento, Brewer is averaging 8.3 points on 36.4 percent shooting from long range.
Buddy Hield has made it crystal clear. He wants to get paid. He's set his value and he doesn't want to budge. The Kings appear to have set their limits and don't want to budge either.
The shooting guard's contract situation has added a bit of tension to what was supposed to be an exciting Kings season.
But despite the gap in salary numbers, Hield and general manager Vlade Divac have been all smiles when the cameras are rolling. The latest moment between the two came during Kings Fan Fest at Golden 1 Center on Saturday.
During a light scrimmage, Hield threw down a dunk off a backboard pass from point guard De'Aaron Fox. Hield then turned to Divac, who was sitting courtside and made a money gesture with his hands.
A few moments later, the two were embracing and laughing about the whole situation.
A day earlier, Hield and Divac were seen talking cordially after Kings practice.
All of this started last week when Hield aired his grievances with the media following a Kings preseason game. Hield reportedly is looking for a four-year contract worth $110 million, while the Kings would prefer to give him around $90 million.
The two sides have until Monday to work out a contract extension. If they don't, the 26-year-old would become a restricted free agent next summer, assuming the Kings make the $6.5 million qualifying offer to him.
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The comments from Hield to the media make it sound like there's bad blood between the two sides.
But based on the video coming out of Sacramento the last two days, things might not be as bad as we think.
It was 35 years ago when the Kings relocated from Kansas City to Sacramento. On Friday night, they honored the move by unveiling their "Classic Court."
The fan-favorite classic royal blue and red uniforms which the team sported from 1991 to 1994 while on the road are the color schemes for the floor. The court will also sport the original logo that was first used when the Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985.
"The new court is a near-identical recreation of the 1993-94 court used during the Mitch Richmond era," the Kings said in a press release. "The words “Sacramento Proud” runs along the sideline as a salute to the city and the fans the team plays for every night."
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This special court will be featured in 17 select games (the blue uniforms on the schedule) during the upcoming anniversary season and will be paired with the Classic and City Edition uniforms.