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Andre Drummond 2021 Lakers front.runners to sign after former Cavaliers center clears waivers Sunday. per report

Andre Drummond 2021 Lakers front.runners to sign after former Cavaliers center clears waivers Sunday. per report

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After not being able to facilitate a trade for Andre Drummond, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the former All-Star center reached a buyout agreement, which makes him a free agent after he clears waivers on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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He’ll have several suitors in the buyout market, but the big man intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Drummond’s agent, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

This doesn’t come as a surprise as the Lakers have been linked to the big man for some time now after Cleveland decided to shut him down until they either traded him or bought him out of his contract.

Several of the Lakers players have been trying to recruit Drummond to sign with Los Angeles, selling him on playing for a defending championship team that is capable of getting there again this season. 

With Anthony Davis and LeBron James currently sidelined with injuries, Drummond’s impact would be felt immediately in their absence, and when the Lakers are fully healthy his rebounding and rim protection will help a team that hasn’t gotten great production in those areas out of its bigs this season.

While the Lakers are seen as the favorites to sign Drummond, he’s had contact with several other teams, including the Clippers, Knicks, Celtics and Hornets.

Any of those franchises could make great use of Drummond’s services, but the Lakers give him a chance at winning a championship this season and boosting his stock before he enters unrestricted free agency this summer.

Drummond is averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds this season, which are both near career highs.

He hasn’t played since Feb.

12, so his conditioning may not be where it needs to be for any team that signs him right now, but it’s obvious he can still make an impact on both ends of the floor.

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The Lakers have agreed to terms with free-agent center Andre Drummond, who is one of the top rebounders in the NBA and was bought out Friday by the 

Free-agent center Andre Drummond, a solid low-post presence and one of the top rebounders in the NBA, will sign with the Lakers this afternoon once he clears waivers, according to people familiar with the deal but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Cleveland hoped to trade Drummond before Thursday’s deadline, but the Cavaliers, unable to find the right deal, officially bought the 27-year-old center out of the remainder of his $28-million contract Friday, making him an unrestricted free agent once he clears waivers at 2 p.m.

PDT on Sunday.

Drummond, who led the NBA in rebounding four times between 2015-16 and last season, has become a reliable scorer inside by averaging more than 17 points a game the last five seasons.

In 25 games with the Cavaliers this season, the 6-foot-10, two-time All-Star averaged 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks.

A career 46.7% free-throw shooter, he was a career-worst 47.4% from the field this season.

With the Lakers missing All-Star forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis because of injuries — Davis, despite being cleared to increase some intensity in his on-court work, is still not close to returning from his calf injury — there was concern that an offensive void needed to be filled in the team’s frontcourt.

Drummond, a ninth-year pro, has not played since Feb.

12 after Cleveland decided to bench him while it sought a trade and gave a bulk of the playing time to third-year center Jarrett Allen, whom the Cavaliers acquired Jan.

12 from Brooklyn in the multiple-team trade that sent James Harden from Houston to the Nets.

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Cleveland coach J.B.

Bickerstaff said he believes Drummond would be a valuable piece for a contender.

“He has the ability to single-handedly shut down the paint with his intelligence, being in the right spot, and his ability to defensive rebound the ball.

“And then on the offensive end, he’s a threat,” Bickerstaff said on a videoconference before Friday’s loss to the Lakers.

“You gotta send bodies to him when he’s in the pick-and-roll to keep him off the glass or keep him from finishing.

So I think he’d be an asset, big time, to any contender.

“We know in the playoffs, defense is gonna get it done.

Like I said, he can single-handedly impact and change a game on that side of the floor for sure.”

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