Andre Drummond plans to sign with the Lakers after agreeing to a buyout with the Cavaliers. Drummond joins Los Angeles and creates a new trio with Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers’ stars have been recruiting Drummond since his buyout.
Drummond plans to sign with Los Angeles after clearing waivers at 5:00 PM ET first tweeted by Adrian Wojnarowski.
James and Davis are both currently not playing and aren’t expected to return for several weeks. However, that should not affect Drummond’s role with the team whether they are in the lineup or out.
Drummond is averaging over 17 points and 13 rebounds per game this season. The Cavaliers are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference and don’t see Drummond as apart of its future. The team wants to build around players like Collin Sexton and Jarrett Allen.
Champs Struggling Without its Stars
The Lakers are struggling without its two stars. The team did win its last game against Drummond’s former team, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Boston was planning on going after Drummond, but Drummond chose Los Angeles.
Drummond is one of the top rebounders in the NBA. The Lakers pride themselves on length, so Drummond’s role should be similar to Javale McGee’s and Dwight Howard’s from last years’ championship run.
Drummond does not have a lot of playoff experience and has never made it to the second round. Nevertheless, he is expected to play a key part in the Lakers’ efforts to repeat as champions.
Drummond signs with the Lakers to keep the team in the mix before James and Davis get healthy and to help lead Los Angeles to back-to-back titles.
The Lakers have two home games coming up against Orlando and Milwaukee, but nothing is set about when Drummond will make his debut.
Plenty of teams are upgrading and adding depth to their roster before the postseason. Brooklyn is adding veteran forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and Denver made a trade for Aaron Gordon.
The Lakers’ biggest threats come playoff time will be the Nuggets, Clippers, Jazz, and Nets.