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Andre Drummond 2021 says he39;s joining LA Lakers for playoff race

Andre Drummond 2021  says he39;s joining LA Lakers for playoff race
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Andre Drummond 2021 says he39;s joining LA Lakers for playoff race

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

Drummond agreed to a buyout Friday from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who acquired the four-time NBA rebounding champion last year after nearly eight seasons in 

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By GREG BEACHAM
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre Drummond says he’s joining the Los Angeles Lakers for the playoff push.

Drummond announced his decision with a post on his Instagram account Sunday, writing “Back to work” underneath an illustration of himself in a Lakers uniform.

The defending NBA champions didn’t immediately confirm the signing of the two-time All-Star center several hours before a home game against Orlando.

Drummond agreed to a buyout Friday from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who acquired the four-time NBA rebounding champion last year after nearly eight seasons in Detroit.

He had to clear waivers before he could join a team of his choosing, and Drummond chose to link up with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.

Drummond is almost certain to get his first significant NBA postseason playing time with the Lakers after appearing in only eight playoff games — and losing all eight — in two postseason trips with the Pistons.

When Drummond gets up to playing speed after sitting out the past six weeks, the two-time All-Star Game selection should be a notable upgrade at center for Los Angeles, which won a competition with several contenders for his services over the weekend.

Veteran Marc Gasol played inconsistently for the Lakers even before he returned recently from a 3 1/2-week bout with coronavirus, while 6-foot-8 Montrezl Harrell is undersized for the biggest defensive assignments in the middle.

Davis also plays center in many postseason matchups, but Drummond’s rebounding and interior scoring should immediately boost the Lakers as they attempt to hang on to a top seed in the Western Conference without James and Davis.

James is out indefinitely with a sprained right ankle, while Davis hasn’t played since Feb.

14 due to a right calf injury.

Drummond is averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25 starts for the Cavs this season.

He hasn’t played since Feb.

12, when Cleveland benched him to give more playing time to youngster Jarrett Allen.

Drummond would be second in the league in rebounds per game to Atlanta’s Clint Capela if he had played enough games to qualify among the league leaders.

His 4.0 offensive rebounds per game would be third in the NBA.

The Lakers currently rank ninth in the NBA in rebounds per game (45.1), but just 17th in offensive rebounds (9.6).

The 17-time champion franchise hasn’t had a rebounder of Drummond’s accomplishments for decades.

The last Lakers player to top Drummond’s career average of 13.8 rebounds per game in even one single season was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76, and Los Angeles has had just one league rebounding champ in those ensuing 45 years: Dwight Howard in 2012-13.

Drummond’s arrival in LA is the latest development in the NBA’s annual super-team agglomerations around the trade deadline.

Brooklyn added Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge this month, while Miami got Victor Oladipo and Denver landed Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Andre Drummond, it was announced today by Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka.

Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

“Andre Drummond gives us powerful, anchor-point skills on both ends of the court,” Pelinka said.

“We feel extremely fortunate to add a player of his caliber and magnitude to our core group at this stage of our journey to defend the NBA title.”

Drummond appeared in 25 games (all starts) for Cleveland this season, averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game.

In 624 games (573 starts) for the Cavaliers and Pistons, he has averaged 14.6 points, 13.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 blocks in 30.9 minutes.

Drummond has played and started in eight career playoff games, tallying 15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 blocks in 32.3 minutes.

A two-time NBA All-Star, Drummond has led the league in rebounding four times and was named to the All-NBA Third Team following the 2015-16 season.

Drummond is one of 20 players in league history to record more than 9,000 career points, 8,500 rebounds, 850 steals and 950 blocks.

He is also the NBA’s all-time leader in seasons with at least 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks, having accomplished the feat four times.

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