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Andre Drummond 2021 to sign with Lakers once former All.Star center .

Andre Drummond 2021  to sign with Lakers once former All.Star center .

Andre Drummond 2021 to sign with Lakers once former All.Star center .

Andre Drummond Andre Drummond once … center with former sign All-Star to Lakers

Sun, 28 Mar 2021 12:00:00 -0700

Drummond and the Cavaliers reached a buyout agreement after he wasn't traded

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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 two-time All-Star center's agent says he will sign with the defending champion Lakers

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Andre Drummond agreed to a contract buyout with the Cavaliers on Friday.

Two-time NBA All-Star center Andre Drummond intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after he clears waivers, his agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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

Drummond agreed to a contract buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

He is expected to clear waivers and become an unrestricted free agent at 5 p.m.

ET on Sunday.

Drummond hasn’t played since Feb.

12 after he and the Cavaliers mutually agreed to part ways.

The 27-year-old center averaged 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his first 25 games of the season.

He will reportedly join a Lakers squad that has been hit with injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Drummond should be able to provide a lift to the Lakers’ frontcourt as their stars recover.

Drummond has led the NBA in rebounding in three of the last four seasons.

The Lakers are currently 4th in the West standings with a record of 29-17.

The two-time All-Star center has not played in an NBA game since Feb.

12.

The Lakers' star suffered the injury against the Hawks on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Lakers have 8 games in the next 2 weeks, and Davis is likely to miss all of them.

Results of the lists are based off sales on NBAStore.com for the first half of this season.

The two-time All-Star center has not played in an NBA game since Feb.

12.

The Lakers' star suffered the injury against the Hawks on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Lakers have 8 games in the next 2 weeks, and Davis is likely to miss all of them.

Results of the lists are based off sales on NBAStore.com for the first half of this season.

The guard will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers.

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