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

Published 03/28/2021, 11:30 PM EDT
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


The Lakers, after losing LeBron James and Anthony Davis for several upcoming weeks, are on a desperate lookout for fillers. They made a decent advancement by grabbing the rights of Andre Drummond from the buyout market. However, the scope of adding one more name to their depth is another possibility and an urgent requirement.

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The Jeanie Buss-led organization has already fulfilled the league minimum criterion of 14 men on their roster. Still, with their top stars sitting out and the WC getting nastier, they would want some offensive additions to their squad.

What are the Lakers looking forward to adding hereon?

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Timberwolves’ Jordan McLaughlin drives to the basket against Lakers’ Alex Caruso in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The men in golden and purple now have a rebounding leader in Andre Drummond. Plus, they have some great defensive names in Marc Gasol and Alex Caruso who are reliable at running transition and helping plays.

That being said, they lack the offensive depth that is required against the top teams like Clippers, Jazz, or the Suns in the WC. 

A recently published report on Lakers’ plans also suggested the same. It clearly outlined how the team is actively looking forward to a 3-and-D wing player for that final berth. A three-point shooter and defender who can play as a small forward will solve many things for the Lake nation.

Monetarily, the LA-based organization is currently at $137.53 million in total salary with a capacity to shell out another $1.39 million under the hard cap. They can attract a short-term contract to fulfill their needs while they stay a top destination for the players betting on an NBA ring.

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Who are the possible options for them?

The topmost option is Otto Porter Jr. from the Bulls. The last two seasons had limited his playtime with injuries, but his efficiency is still unparalleled.

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Recently, the Bulls traded him to the Magic in a Nikola Vucevic swap, but there is a real chance he can be bought out. If the Lakers could get a hold of him, the 27-YO promises flexibility into playing at multiple positions and also a shooting prowess.

Next, they can even attract Avery Bradley back into the squad, given his 3-and-D capabilities. Although he had himself opted out of the Lakers last season, a change of mind can benefit both parties. 

Danuel House Jr, a young guard-forward, can also fill the position and help with the shooting and guarding. If not them, the list also has players like Mike Muscala (OKC) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson among some real options. Only time will tell who can fit the timeliness of the demand.

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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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