Anthony Davis has been sidelined for the past couple of weeks with an achilles injury. The Lakers have had more than enough talent to cover the loss as Davis recovers, but their interior defense just hasn’t been at its best. It’s shown as they’ve endured some gut-wrenching losses as of late. Marc Gasol was the only true center on the team until Los Angeles picked up Center Damian Jones on a ten-day contract.
While Jones quickly made his presence on the team known with some solid performances off of the bench, the team may still be looking for a better option until Davis returns. According to some within the organization, they are very optimistic that Andre Drummond would be interested in coming out West if the Cleveland Cavaliers were to buy him out.
There is optimism within the Lakers that they will get strong consideration from Andre Drummond if Drummond ultimately leaves the Cavaliers via buyout, league sources say.
Cleveland’s preference, of course, remains trading Drummond elsewhere before the March 25 trade deadline.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 8, 2021
However, the Cavaliers have been adamant about trading the 27-year old center for some time now. Drummond hasn’t appeared in a game since February 14th as the team has been exploring trade scenarios. Before bing held out of games, Drummond was 17.5 points, 13.5 total rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.
While Drummond is no defensive wizard, his presence on the court should be enough to help keep the Lakers afloat until Davis makes his comeback.