“It's tough because as a basketball player you want to be on the court and you want to play,” Brewer said.
The paltry playing time made many wonder why Thunder general manager Sam Presti made the trade to begin with.
When he was brought to town, Brewer was lauded as a perimeter defender, a specialist in the mold of Thabo Sefolosha. The Thunder also raved about Brewer's pedigree and how he had been in winning programs from Utah to Chicago. Coaches and teammates from those teams labeled Brewer simply a winning player.
“Obviously he brought me here for a reason and wanted me to play,” Brewer said of Presti. “But at the same time, it's not his decisions and you can't really question a coach that won 60 games. I didn't ask too many questions and tried to stay as positive as I possibly can.”
The imperfect circumstances bring into question whether Brewer, an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will return.
Oklahoma City will have available roster spots due to expiring contracts on Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin, and Brewer could be brought back on a budget-friendly minimum deal.
But after the way things went for him, would Brewer even bite if offered?
He certainly sounds like a man with no hard feelings.
“You never know where this game will take you,” Brewer said. “I'm still very young and still have a lot of basketball left in me so if it's here or somewhere else I'll continue to play basketball. This is a great organization and (has) great players, great coaches, great fans. So hopefully I can continue to play here.”