Andre Drummond 2021 to sign with Lakers after clearing waivers Sunday
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The former All-Star center has not played since Feb
12, when the Cavaliers, fresh off acquiring Jarrett Allen to be their center of the future, benched him in an effort
Andre Drummond is set to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after securing a buyout from the Cleveland Cavaliers and clearing waivers Sunday.
The former All-Star center has not played since Feb.
12, when the Cavaliers, fresh off acquiring Jarrett Allen to be their center of the future, benched him in an effort to preserve his trade value.
His $28.7 million salary prevented Cleveland from finding a trade partner, though, which led to the buyout.
Here’s a first look at the two-time All-Star in purple and gold.
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.
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Drummond going to the Lakers has been rumored for quite some time, but it’s a bit strange when you really break down his place on the roster. Anthony Davis is going to play quite a few center minutes in the postseason. Marc Gasol has limitations, but it’s worth noting that the five-man starting lineup featuring him, Davis, LeBron James, Dennis Schroder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was outscoring opponents by 13.9 points per 100 possessions before injuries broke it apart.
When healthy, that success shouldn’t be taken for granted.
And then there’s Montrezl Harrell, who is averaging a hyper-efficient 14.9 points per game off of the bench.
He, like so many other Lakers, is represented by Klutch Sports, and with a player option this offseason, likely isn’t thrilled with the idea of a reduced role in the playoffs.
It isn’t yet clear how Frank Vogel plans to balance all of those big men, but it will be one of the most important stories of the postseason for Los Angeles.
But the Lakers have clearly missed the athleticism JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard brought to the center position last season.
Gasol is largely a stretch-five this season, and Harrell, only 6-8, just doesn’t have the size to do the things that McGee and Howard did.
That has meant fewer lobs in the pick-and-roll and slightly worse rim protection.
In theory, Drummond can provide those things if he buys into his role.
Howard did last season, and it won him his first championship, but he was 34 and nearly out of the league when the Lakers gave him a lifeline.
Drummond is 27 and seeking a new deal this offseason.
His mentality will determine how successful he is in Los Angeles.
With Davis and LeBron 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 Drummond chose the Lakers, he’s had contact with several other teams, including the Clippers, Knicks, Celtics and Hornets.
Any of those franchises could’ve made 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 Los Angeles Lakers have their new big man.
Free agent center Andre Drummond signed with the Lakers on Sunday night, he announced on Instagram, two days after officially agreeing to a contract buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Drummond's tenure with the Cavaliers came to an end shortly after the trade deadline, when teams declined to acquire the big man on his $28 million salary.
He now arrives in Los Angeles at a much more affordable price, as many expected.
A midseason addition for the Cavaliers last season, Drummond was averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game when Cleveland announced they would no longer play him while seeking a trade.
Drummond was among the most attractive names on the buyout market, and was reported by Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes to be hearing pitches from the Lakers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets.
News of Drummond's deal arrived just hours after the Brooklyn Nets, arguably the Lakers' biggest competition for the title, were reported to have reached a deal with LaMarcus Aldridge, another former All-Star big man on the buyout market.
Drummond joins a Lakers team that has been hit hard by injuries, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis both currently out.
James is reportedly out four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain, while Davis is reportedly "a ways away" from returning.
The team is 1-4 since losing James.
Adding Drummond obviously won't replace those two All-Stars, but it could go a long way in strengthening the Lakers' big man rotation both now and in the playoffs.
Los Angeles currently relies on the duo of Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol to man the paint, but Drummond will likely take over as the starting center.
The 27-year-old Drummond has fallen off a bit from his All-Star peak with the Detroit Pistons, but remains an elite rebounder and competent enough on both ends of the court to be a quality starter on a playoff team.
He may see some time at power forward to begin his Lakers tenure due to Davis' absence, but will probably work exclusively as a 5 in the postseason.
In Drummond, Harrell and Gasol, the Lakers now have three very talented, very different big men to play alongside Davis when healthy.
Harrell is the most offensively explosive of the group, while Gasol is the only one who has made a 3-pointer this year.
Drummond might represent the best two-way value, though.
However the Lakers decide to use the trio, it's unlikely more than one of the three will be on the court at the same time if Davis is healthy.
There will almost certainly be times Davis plays the 5 as well, just like in last year's playoffs.
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