NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Interested To Sign Center Andre Drummond From The Buyout Market

Published 03/01/2021, 9:16 PM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) drives between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and center Montrezl Harrell (15) in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since the Los Angeles Lakers lost Anthony Davis because of an injury, they have missed a good rim protector in their side. Despite having two decent centers in Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell, the champions have missed AD’s defensive presence in their recent games.

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Because of this, the champions are looking to bolster their roster with a quality big man. Unlike other teams, the Lakers do not have enough assets to pull off a trade but hope that the buyout market can be an answer.

One of the biggest potential names in the buyout market is Andre Drummond. The Cavs’ center is an amazing rebounder and can put up double- doubles on a daily basis. His massive defensive upside has made him a target for many contenders, including the Lakers.

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According to NBA insider Sam Amico, the champions are interested in signing Drummond, but only through the buyout market.

Drummond will be an elite addition to the already loaded Lakers side. His elite defensive skills will give the Lakers an extra edge over teams in rebounding and defending.

With teams like the Nets and the Clippers getting stronger, the champions could use a player like Drummond. The Lakers are already an elite team defensively. With Drummond, they will become a scary team to play against.

Can the Lakers sign Drummond?

The Lakers recently waived off their backup guard Quinn Cook. This has opened up a roster spot for the team and given them some cap space to dive into the buyout market.

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With players like Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond available, the Lakers need to decide who they want to bring in. While Drummond might provide the necessary size and athleticism, his massive salary is a cause for concern.

Feb 5, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) and center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

According to his current contract, the 27-year-old is set to earn a whopping $28,751,775, and the Lakers will be unable to pay such a hefty salary. But with six months left on his contract, the 2-time All-Star can take a massive pay cut for the champions and sign a veteran minimum contract for a year.

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If he does, he can help the Lakers retain the championship, and he will then have huge leverage to get a massive contract in the near future. Is a prime Drummond ready to sacrifice an enormous contract?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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