Lakers, Knicks the top suitors for Andre Drummond on buyout market
The top suitors for former All-Star center Andre Drummond are coming to the forefront after Drummond was bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The buyout market for Andre Drummond is expected to center around the Lakers and Knicks, according to league sources.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) March 25, 2021
No surprises there.
Los Angeles has often been mentioned as a popular landing spot for Drummond in the event of a buyout, especially by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
The Lakers are currently without both LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They could use some scoring in the frontcourt, especially considering Marc Gasol has been more of a defensive presence and has not dealt with some physical issues. Of course, Drummond is more of a paint-bound center. But he might have success with Dennis Schroder in pick-and-roll as a guy who can dive to the rim and finish around the basket.
New York’s interest is understandable, as well.
The Knicks remained idle at the deadline, which was likely the right decision given the youth on the roster and the fact they will have plenty cap space in the coming seasons. Drummond could be an asset in a potential playoff push, though it should be noted Knicks center Mitchell Robinson just returned from injury.
Ultimately, the decision rests with Andre Drummond. The 27-year-old could be hungry to join a winner after years of languishing on two losing franchises in Detroit and Cleveland. That might make the Lakers the best option, though perhaps Drummond feels enticed by the chance to play in Madison Square Garden.