Andre Drummond Gives Lakers’ Opponents More To Think About
The Los Angeles Lakers have addressed their midseason crisis by recruiting two time All-Star Andre Drummond from the Cavaliers.
Andre Drummond hasn’t played an NBA game since Feb. 12 after he and Cleveland agreed to part ways. The arrival of the younger center, Jarrett Allen, effectively decreased Drummond’s time on the court.
Andre Drummond (27), averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 25 starts this season. He agreed to a buyout on the remaining $27.9 million left on his current contract on Friday.
The buyout with the Cavaliers includes the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Celtics, Hornets and others, according to ESPN.
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The addition of Drummond will give the Lakers some extra steel in the center position for their upcoming playoff push.
“He’s one of the best centers in the league, someone that every defensive coordinator is going to have to account for and to figure out how to handle him when they’re trying to slow down Anthony Davis and LeBron James and our guards,” Vogel said.
“I think he’s going to give us a big lift in the immediate future, and then obviously when we get going. He can dominate the game on both sides of the ball. His physicality is something you have to account for.”
Vogel said he spoke with Drummond and that he is “really excited” about joining the Lakers — “probably as excited as we are.”
“I think our team got a lot better,” Vogel said.
“I got somebody to battle with on the boards now,” said Kyle Kuzma.
“So, I think that’s something that’s really, really going to stand out. Especially when we get AD back. Me, him and Drummond and Bron fighting for the boards — it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be tough for other teams.”