(670 The Score) Veteran center Andre Drummond has agreed to join the Bulls on a two-year, $6.6-million deal in free agency, ESPN reported Thursday evening. The second year is a player option, according to the report.
Drummond, 28, projects to slot in as the Bulls’ backup center behind Nikola Vucevic. Drummond averaged 7.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 19.7 minutes across 73 games for the 76ers and Nets last season.
The 6-foot-10, 280-pound Drummond has long been one of the NBA’s best rebounders and has great strength. He's an upgrade over the Bulls' backup center situation from a season ago and also solid insurance should Vucevic get hurt.
What Drummond doesn’t provide the Bulls is much more stylistic versatility. General manager Marc Eversley recently mentioned the Bulls wanted a complement for Vucevic who could provide more rim protection, but Drummond is rather mediocre in that department. Opponents shot 59.4% inside six feet against him last season – which is a middling to slightly below-average mark for centers – and Drummond isn’t quick enough to switch regularly in the pick-and-roll. He’s also a poor shooter. He’s a career 47.3% free-throw shooter who attempted just three 3-pointers last season.
Drummond was an All-Star in 2016 and 2018 and is also a four-time NBA rebounding champion.
In other free agency news connected to the Bulls on Thursday, wing Troy Brown Jr. joined the Lakers on a one-year deal. He spent the past season-and-a-half with Chicago, which declined to make him a qualifying offer. That decision made Brown an unrestricted free agent.