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NBA Rumors: LA Lakers could be in the mix for Andre Drummond if a buyout deal with Cleveland Cavaliers is agreed upon

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Evan Tiwari
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Modified 18 Feb 2021
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Andre Drummond has been an active part of recent NBA rumors ever since news of the Cleveland Cavaliers being open to a trade for the dominant big came out. The Cavaliers have decided to part ways with Drummond before the NBA trade deadline, and the former Detroit Pistons man has two options - a trade or a buyout.

NBA Rumors: LA Lakers a potential destination for Andre Drummond

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According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, the LA Lakers could emerge as potential suitors for Cleveland Cavaliers' Andre Drummond if a buyout situation occurs. NBA rumors have linked the LA Lakers with a move for a center for some time now. And it won't be a surprise to see Andre Drummond in purple and gold before the impending trade deadline.

Andre Drummond has been in impressive form in the 2020/21 NBA campaign. He has racked up 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game on close to 60% shooting from the field. Drummond has also registered 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks, which showcases his influence on the defensive side of the ball.

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Drummond is an elite rebounder of the ball and has led the NBA in rebounding for four seasons - 2015/16, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, and 2019/2020. He has also earned two NBA All-Star selections while playing for the Detroit Pistons. One came in 2015/16, with another coming in the 2017/18 campaign.

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The LA Lakers are one of the strongest contenders to win the NBA championship, and Andre Drummond wants to join a team that is in the mix for the Larry O'Brien trophy. This suggests that a marriage could be on the cards. The Lakers lack front-court depth, and Drummond could be the answer to their problem.

Off-season acquisition Marc Gasol has been an underwhelming presence in the paint for Frank Vogel's men. Replacing the Spaniard with Andre Drummond would be a step in the right direction.

Also Read: NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks considering Andre Drummond as an option if move for John Collins doesn't materialize

Published 18 Feb 2021, 00:16 IST
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