It’s long been rumored that the Lakers and big man Andre Drummond would make an ideal match, especially with Anthony Davis out. Marc Gasol was the only other true center on the roster until the team picked up journeyman Damian Jones. Although he did a serviceable job, he was never going to be the answer. The real answer would be during the NBA buyout period.
Drummond hasn’t appeared in a game since February 14th, though it hasn’t been because of an injury. Instead, the Cavaliers were actively looking to offload him via trade. Of course, they were unable to find a suitor by the deadline and have agreed to a buyout agreement with the 6’10 center. That was all Los Angeles needed to make their move.
According to NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Drummond intends to sign with the Lakers once he clears waivers tonight. The Lakers will have beat out competition from other teams such as the Celtics, Knicks, Nets, and Clippers.
Once Andre Drummond clears waivers at 5 PM ET, he intends to sign with the Lakers, his agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelbasketball tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 28, 2021
The 27-year old’s arrival couldn’t come at a more ideal time as both LeBron James and Anthony Davis are sidelined with injuries. Davis was scheduled to make his return soon but plans have changed as he’ll likely sit out a little longer. Things just haven’t gone all too well without the presence of their two star players. While they can certainly still win games, they’re just too exposed when without them on the court.
Before being thrown to the side by Cleveland, Drummond was enjoying a solid season. In 25 games he was averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 total rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks. Not only does he provide more offensive firepower, but he can also provide some shutdown defense in the paint. His presence of the court would surely benefit a depleted Lakers teams, and would only make them much more dangerous when James and Davis return. For now, he may be what helps keep them afloat.