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BREAKING: Andre Drummond will join Lakers after clearing waivers

Andre Drummond, Lakers

Andre Drummond intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears waivers on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Drummond just got bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers and Boston Celtics were viewed as the top contenders for Drummond’s services, with the defending champions looking like the favorite as of Saturday. Los Angeles gives the center the best chance to win a title, and he’ll have a big opportunity right away with LeBron James and Anthony Davis out with injuries. Marc Gasol also missed time recently due to COVID-19 and was disappointing even before that.

Andre Drummond hasn’t played since Feb. 12. The 27-year-old and the Cavs mutually agreed he would sit until a trade or buyout. Cleveland failed to find a trade for him, so he quickly hit the buyout market once the deadline passed.

Before he was benched, Drummond averaged 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game with Cleveland. He was shooting a career-low 47.4% from the field, though, as he struggled to finish around the basket for a player his size.

When engaged, Andre Drummond is a force down low on both ends and arguably the best rebounder in the NBA. Keeping him focused has been an issue throughout his career, but the hope is playing a specific role on a team with championship aspirations will bring out the best in him. It costs very little to add him after a buyout, and the worst-case scenario is simply that he’s not effective and the Lakers don’t play him much.