Andre Drummond Signing Reportedly “Poisoned the Relationship” Between Lakers and Marc Gasol

Published 09/12/2021, 1:54 PM EDT
Apr 12, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) knocks the ball away from New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) in the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers have traded 36-year-old Spaniard Marc Gasol to Memphis Grizzlies. While his comeback to Memphis has saved the Lakers from luxury-tax penalties, he isn’t really coming back to Memphis. The Spaniard’s former team is working on waiving him, and he is reportedly linked with the Spanish basketball side Girona.

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Gasol signed with the Lakers ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season. He started 42 games from the 52 he played last season and averaged 5 PPG. However, the Lakers signed centers Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan during the off-season, due to which Marc lost his place in the team. Thus, he has now decided to stay in his home country.

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) fights for the ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Bruce Brown (1) and power forward Jeff Green (8) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers also signed Andre Drummond last season. He was, reportedly, promised Gasol’s starting spot, which strained the latter’s relationship with the Lakers.

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NBA journalist reports that Drummond’s signing strained Gasol and Los Angeles Lakers relations

The Athletic journalist Bill Oram has recently reported that Andre Drummond was promised Gasol’s starting spot in the team. After Drummond’s arrival, Gasol lost his starting spot and even started just once during the post-season. Bill also reported that a source from Lakers said Gasol “could really help us”.

Drummond became a starter at the Lakers after signing with them in March 2021. Consequently, Gasol became the second fiddle to him, which reportedly ‘poisoned’ the former’s relationship with the franchise.

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Notably, back when Gasol used to start for the Lakers, they were 24-11. However, post Drummond’s signing, the franchise lost in the first round itself.

To top all of that, Andre Drummond signed with the Philadelphia 76ers during the off-season. The Lakers then signed two more centers for the coming season, which was clearly an indication that Gasol wasn’t in their plans.

Dec 27, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) and Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) battle for a rebound in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Marc’s brother Pau is a Lakers legend who spent six seasons in LA and won two NBA championships with them. Marc joined his brother Pau in 2019 as he won his career’s first and only NBA championship. This made the Gasol brothers the first brothers to win an NBA title. Marc Gasol started his basketball career with FC Barcelona, just like his brother Pau. He is now set to sign for a Spanish club since the Grizzlies waive him.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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