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Lakers’ Andre Drummond hilariously announces return to lineup after losing toenail

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Los Angeles Lakers newcomer Andre Drummond will be back in the rotation for Thursday’s game against the Miami Heat. The source? Andre Drummond.

The two-time All-Star posted an Instagram saying he is “still missing a toenail” but also promising his return to the Lakers’ lineup:


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Drummond suffered the toe injury during his Lakers debut against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 31. He missed each of the following three games, with L.A. going 2-1 in that stretch.

The 27-year-old will be back in the starting lineup when he does return, per Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. Marc Gasol has had some success in each of the last two games, including a 13-point, nine-rebound performance on Tuesday that also saw the Spaniard dish out five assists and record five blocks. But Vogel iterated the need for Drummond to get minutes with his new club in the final stretch.

That last part is especially important, because it has essentially been nearly two months since Drummond got a full run in.

The Cleveland Cavaliers sat Drummond after announcing they were seeking avenues for a trade. But those avenues never developed, ultimately leading to the four-time rebounding champion being bought out shortly after the trade deadline.

Los Angeles signed Drummond almost immediately thereafter, but he played just over 14 minutes against the Bucks before leaving with the toe injury.

The Lakers need Drummond to provide frontcourt scoring and defensive playmaking as they continue on without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Drummond’s season really begins in earnest on Thursday.