‘Cause Havoc’: Lakers’ Andre Drummond Explains Why He Rings the Bell for LeBron James & Anthony Davis

Published 03/29/2021, 9:27 PM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Once the Nets welcomed Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge, the pressure was on the Lakers to make their move. They responded with the signing of Andre Drummond and further cemented their claim in the championship conversation.

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These new signings in the big markets of the NBA might be brutal on the small-scale teams, but it is what it is. With Andre Drummond on the roster, the Lakers have decreased the talent gap that was bothering them for quite a while.

What are the big man’s plans with the Lakers squad?

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Andre Drummond clarified his championship goals as he denied the Celtics and other possible offers to accept the one from the Lakers. He is a man on the mission and that aligns perfectly with the ambitions of LeBron James and his Lakers. 

In a recent interview, the Big Penguin expressed how he envisions himself in the current roster. The star center revealed, “For me, I’m just here to help in any capacity. I’m not here to do anything besides win, so I think playing w/ those guys can really benefit my game.”

The fact that Drummond sees himself as the third person to help the star duo takes a lot of burden off Frank Vogel. It has been more than two years, a forgetful 2018-19, a championship run, and half a season since the Lakers had been trying to find that third option. They will not mind benching Marc Gasol and place their bets on the new signing for the remaining season. Andre will most likely play the role that Dwight Howard did the last year. 

Read also – NBA Rumors: What Lakers are Looking for After Andre Drummond Signing

What makes Andre Drummond the perfect fit for the team?

Andre is the fourth player on the Lakers’ current roster who is 27 years old, and there are another three who are 28. For sure, he will soon become an unrestricted free agent and there is no guarantee he will still be a Laker after this season. But if the chemistry matches, there is no reason why he will want to leave Bron and AD, and this makes him a great future prospect. 

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Feb 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington (23) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Andre is also a two-way center who has been the rebounding leader in the league for quite some time. His defensive rebounding with an average scoring of 17+ points is a dream combination that can help the unit. This injury reinforcement for the Lakers can go distances when the star duo joins and the Lakers further solidify their defensive strength.

All in all, this is a welcome move and the 30-win Lakers will now see a better regular-season with a surety.

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Also recommended – WATCH: Twitter Reacts to Andre Drummond Signing with the Los Angeles Lakers

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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