Not LeBron James but KCP and Markeiff Played a Big Role in Andre Drummond’s Trade to Lakers

Published 03/31/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
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


The Los Angeles Lakers are finally back to their winning ways after a series of losses led them to slip down in the Western Conference to the fourth spot with a 30-17 record. But that’s not the only good thing that has happened to them in the past few days. Other than showing what they are capable of even without Anthony Davis and LeBron James, they bagged the biggest target for this season’s buyout market. Andre Drummond is finally going to be part of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Many teams had their eyes on Drummond. From LA Clippers to the Brooklyn Nets, the former Cleveland Cavaliers player was in high demand. However, not only was he most linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, he ended up going with them too. In fact, Andre believes that some of his former teammates who are now part of the Lakers are making this switch easier for him.

Markieff Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made it possible

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Andre Drummond isn’t going to be entering a strange land when he debuts for the Lakers. When he was playing for the Detroit Pistons, he was teammates with two of the Lakers’ current players, Markieff Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. While Kentavious had joined the Pistons just a year after Drummond, Morris had a much shorter stint with them.

When asked about his move to the defending champions, Drummond stated, “Yeah, KCP and Markieff have made this transition very easy for me. From the moment I got here, they showed me everything I needed to know, got all the film I needed to get to learn their schemes offensively and defensively.”

“Being on the same court as them again is an incredible feeling. Pope, I haven’t played with him in a couple of years, and Markieff, playing with him last year, so the chemistry was already there.” 

Chemistry is crucial for a team when they add new players to their roster. And because Drummond knows two of their players, he will feel much more comfortable fitting in. It will also help others understand his game better.

Mar 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) defends a shot by Orlando Magic guard Dwayne Bacon (8) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

What does Andre Drummond add to the Lakers’ star-studded roster?

The Lakers are already filled with players that have the best IQ in the league. So, what is it that he brings differently to the table? Well, it looks like Markieff Morris has an idea.

“We’re gonna get a hard-working guy, he’s gonna change the game a lot for us with his size, his rebounding ability and his ability to block shots,” said Morris. “I think that being around this type of team is going to raise his level of play just like it does for everybody else and I think he’s gonna be a great addition.”

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With LeBron James and Anthony Davis out, Morris believes that Andre will add some more energy to the team. “It will be great to get some great energy around here. We’re waiting for the two big dogs to come back too, they’re coming back with great energy.”

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

Although there is no set timeline for James and Davis’ return, the Lakers look like they might be able to hold the fort until they return. Drummond might be making his debut for the Lakers against the Milwaukee Bucks. Will he do justice to the hype around him?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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