Andre Drummond Signs Lakers Contract After Cavaliers Buyout: 'Back to Work'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 28, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Center Andre Drummond agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers after clearing waivers on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, agent Jeff Schwartz informed ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the big man intended to sign with the reigning champs once he was officially able to.   

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Andre Drummond intends to sign with the Lakers once he clears waivers, per @wojespn From B/R x @AmericanExpress https://t.co/9U8GFItEh0

Drummond took to Instagram to let fans know he's ready to get "Back to work."

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Andre Drummond’s IG post: “Back to work.” 💜💛 https://t.co/273tzALPye

The Detroit Pistons selected Drummond with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. The two-time All-Star and four-time rebounding champion spent his first seven-plus seasons with the Pistons, who traded Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February 2020. He also made the All-NBA Third Team during the 2015-16 season.

Drummond, 27, averaged 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 25 games for the Cavaliers, who bought out the remainder of his contract Friday. He hadn't played for the Cavs since mid-February as the team sat Drummond in hopes of finding a trade partner or buying out the remainder of his contract. Cleveland ended up doing the latter amid a tough season that has seen the team go 17-29. 

There were no apparent behind-the-scenes issues between Drummond and the Cavs, and Cleveland general manager Koby Altman praised him on the way out, per the Associated Press:

"I want to thank Andre for his contributions to our team both on and off the court, and for his professionalism and mutual cooperation as we navigated through this process with him and his representation. We have great respect for Andre as a person and a player here in Cleveland and we are happy to have reached an outcome that is in the best interest of both Andre and our team."

For his career, Drummond has averaged 14.6 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

Drummond now joins his third NBA team in the Lakers, who hope the 6'10" big man's presence will vault them to postseason success.

The short-handed Lakers have struggled of late with injuries to Anthony Davis and LeBron James. They can also use more help at the 5 in place of Marc Gasol, who has enjoyed a phenomenal NBA career but is slowing down at age 36 (4.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG). Drummond could be of service and form an excellent one-two punch with backup big Montrezl Harrell.