Andre Drummond plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears the exemptions at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday told Excel Sports Management’s Agent Jeff Schwartz to ESPN.
The star players and the Lakers front office have hard-recruited the center and given it the opportunity to join the defending champions’ starting line-up. The Lakers had inconsistent center play with Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell this season, and Drummond’s ability to protect the color and rebound would allow him to make a significant impact.
All-Star Anthony Davis is expected to continue playing mid-minutes in the postseason.
According to sources, Drummond and Schwartz have had conversations with multiple teams – including the Clippers, Knicks, Celtics, Hornets, and others – since reaching a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Drummond agreed to buy out the remainder of the $ 27.9 million left on his contract between 2020 and 21. He’s going to be a free agent this summer.
The 27-year-old Drummond averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 25 starts with Cleveland this season but has not played a game since Feb. 12 after the Cavaliers traded for a younger center, Jarrett Allen . Drummond’s role was reduced and the sides agreed that he would leave the active roster until a trade or buyout allowed him to move on.
Drummond spent eight seasons with the Detroit Pistons before trading to the Cavaliers in 2020. He was a two-time all-star with the pistons.