It’s been 24 days since soon-to-be ex-Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond last appeared in an NBA game. Cleveland is still holding out hope of trading Drummond before the March 25th deadline, though any leverage the Cavs once had went out the window as soon as they stopped playing him. Similar to what transpired in Detroit with the Pistons unable to trade Blake Griffin (now a Brooklyn Net), the Cavaliers and Drummond could be headed for a buyout.
In the event the All-Star center reaches free agency, Drummond will give “strong consideration” to joining the Lakers, according to national reporter Marc Stein of the New York Times. Before the Cavs put him on the trade block last month, the 27-year-old UConn alum was averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game with the latter ranking second behind only Clint Capela (14.2) of the Hawks.
A paint-clogging bruiser with limited shooting range, Drummond isn’t an especially great fit for today’s game. Traditional, back-to-the-basket centers in Drummond’s mold have largely been replaced by perimeter-leaning stretch fours. But the 6’10,” 279-pound Drummond still has plenty to offer as a veteran glass presence and low-post scorer.
As recent events would suggest, the Lakers could use a boost in both areas. The defending champs have largely struggled without injured All-Star Anthony Davis (calf), dropping six of their last eight games while sinking to third in the Western Conference standings behind both Utah and Phoenix. No Laker is averaging double-digit rebounds with Davis the closest at a healthy 8.4 boards per game. Drummond, who has reached the playoffs just twice in his nine seasons (and never making it past the first round), would surely jump at the chance to play for a contender.
Flawed as Drummond may be, the 27-year-old still boasts an impressive NBA resume (two All-Star appearances, one all-league selection and four rebounding crowns) and should latch on to another team quickly when and if he's bought out by the Cavaliers.