Andre Drummond says he’s joining the Los Angeles Lakers for the season finisher push.
Andre Drummond reported his choice with a post on his Instagram account Sunday, stating “Back to work” under a delineation of himself in a Lakers uniform. The safeguarding NBA champions didn’t promptly affirm the marking of the double cross All-Star focus a few hours before a home game against Orlando.
Drummond consented to a buyout Friday from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who obtained the four-time NBA bouncing back top dog a year ago after almost eight seasons in Detroit. He needed to clear waivers before he could join a group based on his personal preference, and Drummond decided to interface up with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.
Andre Drummond is practically sure to get his first critical NBA postseason playing time with the Lakers subsequent to showing up in just eight season finisher games — and losing each of the eight — in two postseason trips with the Pistons.
At the point when Andre Drummond gets up to playing speed subsequent to passing on the previous a month and a half, the double cross All-Star Game determination ought to be an outstanding overhaul at place for Los Angeles, which won an opposition with a few competitors for his administrations throughout the end of the week.
Veteran Marc Gasol played conflictingly for the Lakers even before he returned as of late from a 3 1/2-week session with Covid, while 6-foot-8 Montrezl Harrell is modest for the greatest protective tasks in the center.
Davis likewise plays focus in numerous postseason matchups, however Andre Drummond’s bouncing back and inside scoring ought to quickly support the Lakers as they endeavor to hold tight to a favorite in the Western Conference without James and Davis. James is out inconclusively with a hyper-extended right lower leg, while Davis hasn’t played since Feb. 14 because of a correct calf injury.
Drummond is averaging 17.5 focuses, 13.5 bounce back and 2.5 aids 25 beginnings for the Cavs this season. He hasn’t played since Feb. 12, when Cleveland sidelined him to give seriously playing time to young person Jarrett Allen.
Andre Drummond would be second in the class in bounce back per game to Atlanta’s Clint Capela in the event that he had played enough games to qualify among the association chiefs. His 4.0 hostile bounce back per game would be third in the NBA.
The Lakers right now rank 10th in the NBA in bounce back per game (45.1), however only seventeenth in hostile bounce back (9.6).
The 17-time champion establishment hasn’t had a rebounder of Drummond’s achievements for quite a long time. The last Lakers player to top Andre Drummond’s profession normal of 13.8 bounce back per game in even one single season was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76, and Los Angeles has had only one class bouncing back champ in those resulting 45 years: Dwight Howard in 2012-13.
Drummond’s appearance in LA is the most recent improvement in the NBA’s yearly super-group agglomerations around the exchange cutoff time. Brooklyn added Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge this month, while Miami got Victor Oladipo and Denver landed Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee.