HOUSTON (FOX 26) - NBA sources confirm the Rockets traded guard/forward Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick to the Lakers for guard Lou Williams.
Williams, who has been with the Lakers the last two years, is in his 12th season in the NBA.
He has also played for the 76ers, Hawks and the Raptors.
Williams is averaging a career-best 18.6 points this season, and has averaged 12.8 points during his career.
"It means a lot," Williams said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "It's a great opportunity for me to continue my career with a winning tradition. These guys are having a heck of a run so far. I feel like I can blend right in.
Williams is looking forward to playing for Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.
"I'm real excited," Williams said. "Coach D'Antoni's offense is one that I feel like goes hand in hand with the way that I play the game. These guys are on a great run. To have a chance to be a part of that, for these guys to feel like I can be a piece that they need, I'm super excited."
Brewer was acquired in 2014 in a three-team trade that involved Minnesota and Philadelphia.
"It;s tough because I love Houston so much," Brewer said. "We're really playing well, have a chance to win a championship. It's tough to leave.
Brewer was surprised by the move.
"Yeah, I was shocked," Brewer said. "I wasn't expecting to go anywhere. Things happen. I've been in the NBA for 10 years now.
"You can only make the most of your opportunities. I'm going to be a Laker. So I have to go make the most of that opportunity. I can talk to the young guys and try to help them. (Small forward) Brandon Ingram is going to be a really good player. So hopefully I can take him under my wing, help him develop and be one of the best."