It feels like bigs left and right are headed for a change in scenery. Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond has been at the forefront of many of these trade talks ever since he and the Cavs mutually agreed to part ways, with the team looking for a trade target before resorting to buying him out. The Los Angeles Lakers meanwhile, have emerged as a serious candidate for Drummond.
The problem that many suitors face is Drummond's massive contract. Currently in the final year of a 5 year/$127 million deal, efficiently and effectively matching Drummond's $28.5 million dollar salary is quite the undertaking, especially for contenders.
Nevertheless, the Lakers have already begun thinking of contingency plans should their pursuit of Drummond fall short. After starting out the season strongly for the Sacramento Kings, Hassan Whiteside has become an afterthought. But one man's trash is another's treasure and the Lakers believe that he is a viable Plan B to Drummond, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
In 23 games this season Whiteside hasn't registered a single start while averaging his lowest MPG, RBG, PPG and BPG tallies in league play since the 2012 season. With his value as a trade asset lowering the less Sacramento plays him, the Lakers could see this as a buy-low situation with high upside.
When he has been playing, Whiteside has been one of the most prolific rim-protectors in the NBA. He's led the league in blocks twice, including last season with Portland, and could be a valuable veteran addition given his inevitable role as a complementary player to a frontcourt featuring Lebron James and Anthony Davis.