In response to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the Los Angeles Lakers have “critical curiosity” in signing Cleveland Cavaliers heart Andre Drummond if the two-time All-Star reaches a contract buyout with the Cavs after the commerce deadline.
Haynes, who stories that the Brooklyn Nets even have curiosity in signing Drummond, would notice the Lakers’ curiosity in fellow Cavs heart JaVale McGee as effectively.
For both the Lakers or Nets, signing Drummond can be a splash transfer that sees them add a dominant rebounder with nice measurement at 6’10” and 279 kilos. An athletic heart with a clean gait getting up and down, Drummond additionally possesses first rate guard abilities together with his ball-handling and passing capability.
Whereas the Lakers are optimistic that Drummond will signal with their squad if he and Cleveland attain a quantity they’re comfy with for a buyout, the New York Instances’ Marc Stein stories that the Cavs nonetheless choose buying and selling the massive man.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, although not directly, would corroborate Stein’s report.
In response to Windhorst, Cleveland is “taking part in hardball” with Drummond. Whereas “they’ve had reputable affords,” they’re searching for a commerce package deal that can enable them add to their stash of draft property or steady of younger expertise.
“The Cavs have instructed groups which have known as that they’re not giving him away,.”
Consequently, whereas there’s an opportunity that Drummond might be purchased out, it’s extra seemingly that the four-time rebounding champion might be traded. Nonetheless, with Drummond and the Cavs choosing him to sit down till Cleveland finds a commerce associate, the Massive Penguin’s days in The Land seem like coming to an in depth regardless.
Drummond is within the ultimate season of a five-year, $127.2 million contract he signed with the Detroit Pistons in 2016. He’s averaged 17.5 factors, 13.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per sport this season whereas taking pictures a career-low .474 % from the sector.